Columbia Palace 9

8805 Center Park Drive,
Columbia, MD 21045

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Lowe's Columbia Palace 9

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The second movie theater ever built in the city of Columbia, it opened in 1986 and closed in 2001 and was designed by the architectural firm of Kelly Clayton and Mojzisek.

Contributed by Holden_Pike

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Holden_Pike
Holden_Pike on August 11, 2011 at 5:40 pm

The Columbia Palace 9 was across from Howard High School in Columbia. When it opened in 1986 it was a huge success, drawing potential patrons away from Columbia’s first theater, the General Cinema III downtown, which was already struggling. It reigned supreme until the United Artists sixteen-screener opened in Snowden Square across town. Its success basically killed off both of Columbia’s original theaters, with the General Cinema closing in 2000 and Palace 9 in 2001.

A Giant Supermarket sits on the lot where the Palace 9 once stood.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 12, 2011 at 6:52 am

Who owned this theatre? The design looks a little familiar.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 14, 2011 at 5:30 am

thanks holden pike.wonder why it didn’t become a dollar theatre?

Holden_Pike
Holden_Pike on August 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

The Palace 9 was a Lowes, though I believe it began as an independent, originally, before being bought out. I may have that wrong, but it was definitely a Lowes for the majority of its existence.

Holden_Pike
Holden_Pike on August 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

It was Sony by the time it closed in 2001.

Holden_Pike
Holden_Pike on August 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Doh! And I misspelled Loews, of course.

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