Palace Theatre

1208 Main Street,
Commerce, TX 85428

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Palace Theater, Commerce, Tx

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The Palace Theatre was the larger of the two theatres that the Lilly Theatres owned in Commerce. Seating was listed at 745.

Rowley United Theatres took over operations of the theatre around 1965 and operated the Palace Theatre until at least 1971. The building was destroyed by fire in the 1990’s.

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Vz3601
Vz3601 on January 7, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Place Theater was located 1207 Main St. The building that it was in burned sometime in the late 20th century. I worked for the Lilly family when they owned the theater. They owned the Palace Theater until 1965-66 and Rowley United purchased the theater and began ownership. I worked for Rowley United while I was attending the university in Commerce. I also worked at their drive-in that was called Commerce Drive-In and sometime was changed to High View Drive-In. Rowley United operated both theater until at least 1971 when I left Commerce after graduating from the university graduate school. All of the dates and location are incorrect posted above. I was working there from 1965 until 1971 and was working there when Rowley United took over the operation and remodeled the theater. The theater was located downtown and the drive-in was located at the time on Hwy 24 west of Commerce in the Hillcrest Addition.

Vz3601
Vz3601 on January 7, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Chuck, The two theaters that the Lilly family owned and Rowley United Theaters of Dallas purchased and operated was the Palace Theater downtown and the Commerce Drive-In (referred to on this site as High View Drive-In). I am not aware (or heard anything of) of any other inside theater besides the Palace.

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