Palace Theatre

113 E. 7th Street,
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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The Palace Tehatre was opened in 1920. Seating was listed at 1,468. The theatre was located on 7th Street at Main Street. The Palace Theatre was owned by Southern Theatres, 1930 by Publix and 1935 by Interstate Theatres. "Sound of Music" played 21 weeks at the Palace Theatre starting on 27, May 1965.

I could find no closing date for the Palace Theatre but it has since been demolished. Any further information on this theatre would be appreciated.

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jamestv
jamestv on June 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Someone tried to revive this theatre in the mid-70’s showing old movies but the downtown movie-going experience had died and it closed for good. During it’s heyday, this was the city headquarters for Interstate Theatres in Fort Worth—as was the Majestic in Dallas. This became Fort Worth’s 70MM Todd-AO roadshow house in the mid-50’s and one of the best theatres I’ve encountered for seeing Cinemascope/Panavision widescreen movies; when I saw The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father in 1963, the picture was incredibly wide leading me to wonder if they were still using the original aspect ratio 2.55:1 Cinemascope screen!

RyanBrennan
RyanBrennan on September 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm

The original Palace Theatre — not to be confused with the presently operating AMC multiplex located a few blocks away — was closed in 1976. It was originally an Opera House, hosted Vaudeville performers and many other live acts.

The theater was home to one of the longest burning Edison light bulbs. Installed in September of 1908, the bulb is still burning, now on display at the North Fort Worth Historic District Museum located in the Stockyards. As of September, 2010, the bulb is now 102 years old.

The Palace hosted GONE WITH THE WIND during its 70mm reissue. Some other films that played the Palace: The 1967 CASINO ROYALE, THOSE DARING YOUNG MEN IN THEIR JAUNTY JALOPIES, Monte Hellman’s THE SHOOTING, Sergio Leone’s DUCK, YOU SUCKER, PLAY DIRTY with Michael Caine, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, and Robert Aldrich’s THE DIRTY DOZEN.

Woody Woodall was manager of the theater during the GWTW run. Formerly, he had been the longtime manager of Interstate’s Arlington theater in Arlington, Texas.

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm

From the late 1960s a photo postcard view of East 7th Street along with the Palace Theatre in Fort Worth.

malcolmdbc39
malcolmdbc39 on February 7, 2014 at 8:04 am

Another one of Ft. Worths great ideas. Tear it down and put up a parking lot.

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