Palace Theatre

W. Liberty Street,
Hubbard, OH 44425

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Palace Theater circa 1956

Located in Hubbard, Ohio, the Liberty Theatre was opened by 1926 when it had 250 seats. Between 1931 and 1935 it was listed with 190 seats. It was renamed Palace Theatre in 1936. Showing its usual double feature on January 16, 1970, "True Grit" and "House of Cards".

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wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on June 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Peter Wellman, owner of a chain of local theaters owned the Palace in Hubbard,along with theaters in Youngstown, Niles, Girard and Campbell, Ohio.

jbryanjones
jbryanjones on June 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm

My father ran the Palace theater in early 1970’s. He rented the place off of a fellow named Don, who also worked as the projectionist. I was just a little kid, but i remember spending my Saturdays there. We showed Godzilla movies, Disney movies, lots of classic stuff. Very few if any new releases. Great Memories. I am looking for any photos of the theater if anyone has any. Bryan Jones.

WayneS
WayneS on September 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I went to Palace with my brothers and sister in the ‘50s and early sixties. I had gotten to know Mr. and Mrs. Hegfield, who originally worked for Wellman then bought it and operated it until they had to sell it for family related problems. John would take tickets and work the concession stand while his wife sold tickets. It cost 25 cents for kids and 50 for adults, always a double bill. Their son Don was the projectionist and was very generous in showing me the equipment and allowing to hang around. There was small unused balcony by the projection booth with an old couch and I sometimes would watch from there. The projectors were Motiographs with barrel shutters which gave a very fluid look to the pictures. The sound was RCA Photophone. The projector mounts still had the record players used for the early Vitaphone sound pictures. I spent a lot of happy hours there. It pains me to see a little park where the Palace used to be.

WayneS
WayneS on September 27, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I have a few pictures I can post soon. I also was given a reel of film by John Hegfield, and he told me I’d know what to do with it someday. I used to see them run it sometimes between films. The reel was a 1936 advertising film for local businesses, and included several long takes of the kids at the Hubbard Schools. The reel also had the “previews” used before the trailers. Awhile back my sister and I transferred the old nitrate to an internegative and a video for safety sake. The only thing that had kept it from deteriorating was it was covered in projector oil. We tried to find a local historical society to take it, but no one seemed interested.

WayneS
WayneS on September 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

In my above comments, I couldn’t remember Mrs. Hegfield’s first name. It was Alice.

WayneS
WayneS on September 30, 2011 at 12:05 am

The map is wrong however. I e-mailed the correct Google map location. It was on Liberty, just one door from Main Street. Did anyone salvage the projectors?

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on February 21, 2015 at 8:31 am

Can anyone help me, I stumbled across an ad in the theater page of the Vindicator for the Outdoor Auto Theater – a Drive In that was located on Rt. 62, Youngstown Hubbard Road. Can anyone tell me about this theater. I only saw it once and never saw it in the listings in the newspaper.

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on November 28, 2015 at 5:46 am

In the September 5, 1926 edition olf the Youngstown Vindicator is an ad for “Paramount Week” in Youngstown and one of the theatres listed in the ad that would be showing only Paramount movies was the Liberty Theatre in Hubbard, Ohio. Can anyone tell us any thing about this theater, it’s addressw in Hubbard etc.?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 28, 2015 at 6:24 am

wolfgirl500: The Liberty Theatre is listed in the 1929 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with 250 seats. In 1931 thru 1935 it is listed with 190 seats. In 1936 the Palace Theatre is listed with 180 seats. I would assume that the Palace Theatre was previously the Liberty Theatre.

Regarding your previous comment about the Outdoor Auto Theatre, it is listed on Cinema Treasures as being located in Youngstown.

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