Palace Theater

109 N. Elm Street,
Denton, TX 76201

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In September 1922 Grover Campbell purchased the Strand Theater from Lee Poole who had opened it in November of 1920. Campbell remodeled the theater and renamed it the Palace Theater. It changed hands once more in 1932 when Interstate Theaters took it over.

Intersate remodeled it into a top rate attraction which had a twenty four year run and closed in 1956. The Palace Theater stood door to door with the Dreamland Theater and Texan Theater on what was known as "theater row" on Elm street.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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DonLewis
DonLewis on June 13, 2009 at 8:17 am

A view from 1938 of the Palace Theater in Denton Texas.

Patsy
Patsy on October 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Is this theatre still standing?

DonLewis
DonLewis on October 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Hi Patsy. As per Billy Holcomb “Yes the Palace building is still standing on the west side of the town square.
The Texas became the Fine Arts and the Dreamland stood next door south of the Fine Arts. The very next door south of the Dreamland was the Palace.
All three buildings are very much standing, known in their hey day as Theater Row.”

Patsy
Patsy on October 10, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Then why hasn’t someone or some preservation/arts group restored at least one of them on “Theater Row”? BTW, if you are in Texas have you ever been to the newly restored Palace in Georgetown TX (suburb of Austin)?

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millsbranch
millsbranch on October 11, 2009 at 11:38 am

Texas preservation groups are in the minority, and most who can do anything pertaining to old movie palace’s have no sense of history.
Many structures which housed old theaters still stand, but most are
too young to realize they onced were theaters.
It is an uphill battle everywhere, but in Texas, old theaters are
at the bottom of the list for consideration, although they were so
much for progress half a century ago.
Pictures are very rare of old theaters, but show up on Don’s site. billy h.

Patsy
Patsy on October 11, 2009 at 11:47 am

panhandle: Thanks for the updated information concerning Texas preservation groups though a sad scenario.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm

If the three theaters on the west side of the square were all in a row, the address of the Palace must have been 109 N. Elm Street. The Texas/Fine Arts was on a double lot at 113-115 N. Elm, which would have put the Dreamland next door at 111 N. Elm, and so the Palace would have been at 109 N. Elm. The lots at 105-107 are now a parking lot, and the Sherman Building occupies the double corner lot at 101-103.

I can’t find a construction year for the building currently at 109 N. Elm, but the building at 111, on the site of the Dreamland, was built in 1955, according to the property report on this page at City-Data.com. As the building at 109 has a facade almost identical to the building at 111, and both are the same height, they look like they were built at the same time.

At the very least, everything between the side walls of the Palace was probably gutted, and an entirely new facade (and probably roof) built in 1955.

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