Palm Theater

250 Delaware Avenue,
Palmerton, PA 18071

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The Palm Theater was operating since at least 1941. It was part of the Humphries chain in the 1960’s. A fire in the mid-1970’s forced the closure of the theater. The building was then renovated into a senior center.

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BarryS
BarryS on January 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

The Palm Theatre was a classic, small town independent theater. Built with the wealth of one of the largest zinc refining companies in the world (New Jersey Zinc Company), Palmerton was a thriving community when I grew up there in the 50’s, and the Palm Theatre and the nearby “steak house” (Berts, which is still there and thriving) was the center of the social life for us teenagers. Post-Paramount Decision, the Palm offered a rich,varied fare, and my tastes in movies were shaped by getting to watch everything from sword and sandal Italian imports like Hercules Unchained to William Castle masterpieces like The Tingler. I made my life’s career the movies, and Cinema Paradiso, for me, recalls my early experiences at the Palm. It is impossible to overstate the cultural role small town theaters like the Palm played in the lives of people growing up in places like Palmerton.

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