Palace Theatre

134 Chestnut Street,
Abilene, TX 79602

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The Palace Theatre was opened October 13, 1922. It was closed September 18, 1965. Seating was listed at 512. It was operated by a number of chains, Publix, Texas Consolidatd and Interstate Theatres. It was demolished in January 1970.

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dallasmovietheaters on June 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm

On October 13, 1922 the Palace Theatre opened in a three-year old building, converting the City Drug Store into a long-lasting theatre space. The entire building was renamed the Palace Theatre Building and the first film was “Too Much Business.” Two Motiongraph projectors also played a Harold Lloyd comedy short on opening night. H.T. Hodge of the first Gem Theatre in Abilene was in charge.

The theater switches to a Spanish Language theater. Bookings appear to end after the September 18, 1965 showings of “Buenos Dias Acapolco” and “Santo Contra el rey del Crimen.” The theater was targeted for demolition in November of 1969 and appears to have been demolished in January of 1970.

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