Palace Theater

209 S. El Paso Street,
El Paso, TX 79901

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1966 photo courtesy of the El Paso History Facebook page.

Built in 1914 by Henry Charles Trost as the Alhambra Theater, the Moorish style movie theater was opened August 1, 1914. It was renamed the Palace Theater on November 6, 1920.

After decades showing movies, it ended its days as an adult movie theatre and the Palace Theater was closed. It was renovated and reopened in the late-1990’s as the Xscape, an upscale nightclub. Since then it has had several names including The Zone and Blu.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures

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Cube
Cube on June 20, 2005 at 9:38 pm

Club Xscape closed down a few months ago and the building was sold and it now ANOTHER club. It is now called The Zone. The building is in very good condition last I saw and looks to remain standing.

Cube
Cube on January 4, 2007 at 9:09 am

I passed by the old Palace on Monday. It’s no longer called The Zone anymore. Now it’s some club called Blu. That’s the fourth club to open there in about ten years. I bet this one doesn’t last another year.

Cube
Cube on February 19, 2008 at 7:21 am

Club Blu closed a few months ago. I can’t brag about my prediction since it was obvious to anyone who knows the history of most downtown clubs. I drove by the old theater 4 days ago and took a picture. Unfortunately I have nowhere to post it, but it does look nice except for the big yellow sign advertising the vacant building as FOR LEASE.

txstan
txstan on May 29, 2009 at 12:39 am

Henry Trost, was the architect of the Palace Theatre. Between 1903 and his death on September 19, 1933, his firm designed hundreds of buildings in the El Paso area and in other Southwestern cities including Albuquerque, Phoenix, Tucson and San Angelo, Texas. He had a studio with living quarters for his students adjacent to his house in the Sunset Heights neighborhood of El Paso.
Next door to the Palace in the basement there used to be a bowling alley. I would go there to bowl “duck pins” which are smaller than regular bowling pins and the ball is smaller. They also sold sandwiches…hand-cut salami was my favorite. This was in the 50’s.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 25, 2010 at 8:07 pm

From the 1920s a postcard view of El Paso Street along with the Palace Theater in El Paso.

rayrojas
rayrojas on March 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Since its renovation it’s been a series of open and closed clubs. Cynthia Farah Haines has a good write up on it in her book “Showtime! Frome Opera Houses to Picture Palaces in El Paso” (Texas Western Press, 2006).

Mariusz
Mariusz on July 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Back in the 80’s when my 2nd home was The Capri Theatre, The Palace was down the street. However, I remember it being a porn theatre. In fact, the projectionist lived in my building in Sunset Heights at the time.

txstan
txstan on July 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Back in the early 50’s when I worked at the Plaza theatre, the projectonists were unionized. I knew one who was a projectionist at the Palace. His name was Joe Birdwell. Don’t know whatever happened to him.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 30, 2018 at 3:41 pm

This opened as the Alhambra on August 1st, 1914. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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