Loew's Palace Theatre

81 Union Avenue,
Memphis, TN 38103

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gill
gill on September 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

New Interior photos of Loew’s Palace have now been posted.

obitguy
obitguy on January 31, 2012 at 11:10 pm

My dad took my brother and I to see a re-release of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” in the early 1960s. My first movie in a theater!

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on August 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Where else? Stan Hightower.

vastor
vastor on August 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Will, where did you come by the Don Baker memorabilia?

vastor
vastor on July 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Photos, even old ones, of the Palace are scarce. Came across this one recently. Lobby, as opposed to the State’s long one was crosswise with two flanking staircases. Wall was originally glass but was painted over because the standee rail was just inside.

michaelkaplan
michaelkaplan on June 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Here’s a remembrance and photo of Loew’s Palace in Memphis: http://www.memphistechhigh.com/memphis/memories/palace.html

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Marcus Loew was born on this date in 1870.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Love the Elvis Story,ASst Mgr Loews.

genfan
genfan on January 29, 2011 at 10:41 am

Does anyone have information on the performers who might have appeared at Loew’s when it first opened in the ‘20s?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2010 at 5:35 am

The February, 1921, issue of trade journal The Clay Worker said that the new Palace Theatre in Memphis had opened to the public on Saturday, January 15.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 11, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Thanks for the Loew down.Great stories.

callcpa
callcpa on March 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Regarding Evansville Loew’s theatres. Mr Cecil Vogel who for many years was manager of Loew’s Palace in Memphis was transferred there from Evansville, probably in the early 1930’s. At one time during those lean 1930 years he managed, at the same time, all of the down town first run theaters in Memphis. When Memphis blue-laws prohibited selling tickets to see movies on Sunday, Mr Vogel sold tickets for a luncheon buffet and you saw the movie free.

Around 1948 or 49 Mr Allen Sparrow, who was Loew’s south-east district manager and I believe also manager of Loew’s State in Atlanta, died of a heart attack in Loew’s Palace’s office.

callcpa
callcpa on March 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Elvis, while in high school, worked at Loew’s State in memphis. He couldn’t get to work on time and it was my duty to fire him. Some years later about 1955 or 56 I happended to meet him at the Variety Club in Memphis. I was recently out of the military and back in college and knew nothing about Elvis Presley. He remembered me and told me about my firing him. I jokingly told him I must have done him a favor.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 18, 2010 at 12:32 am

Thanks Bob Jenson.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 21, 2010 at 12:34 am

Everything I could find out or remember about CINERAMA at the Lowe’s Palace, the only CINERAMA Theater in Memphis.

CINERAMA used a single booth.

It showed 3-strip CINERAMA from Wednesday, July 26, 1961 to Wednesday, October 2, 1963.

It never played 70mm CINERAMA.

I may have seen other CINERAMA Movies in Memphis, but I know I saw THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM, probably around August or September of 1962.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON, opened on Wednesday, July 3, 1963 and ran for 13 weeks, until Wednesday, October 2, 1963 (this was the last CINERAMA Movie shown in Memphis). I saw it, but not in Memphis.

Anyone know the size of the screen, if it was louvered or it’s curvature?

Here’s something I’ve never seen mentioned before. After THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM was over, I don’t remember if they showed the credits or not of if the curtain closed or not, but they showed the preview to HOW THE WEST WAS WON in 3-strip CINERAMA. They of course showed all the action shots. At least that’s the way I remember it. Can anyone verify this?

callcpa
callcpa on February 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm

While attending Memphis Technical High School I went to work at the Loews Palace as an usher, 1946. After about five years and a few promotions in between, I was transferred to Loews State Theatre on Main Street as its assistant manager. I was attending Memphis State College by then. In 1951 I went on active duty in the Navy.

Those years were still great years in the motion picture exhibition business. Loews, Inc was the owner of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios and the actors were still contract players. If Mr Marcus Loew or Mr Mayer wanted actors to appear at a pictures opening, they were there ready to go to work, meeting the press, stage appearances and I even had one or two visit schools. The “Stars” of that day were real professionals and enjoyable to work with.

I still have a few autographed photos left from then.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 1, 2009 at 8:39 pm

You are right Chuck1231. I tried to find it but could not.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 1, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Thanks for the information.,

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on December 1, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Loew’s once had a second theatre in Evansville, Indiana, the 980-seat Majestic at 15 SE Fifth Street.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Chuck 1231 I would like to know the name of the Loews in Evansville, I cannot find it,would like to learn any info about it, I have some friends who live there, I have been there a long time ago.You must have worked for LOEWS,by the posts I have read of yours,THANKS.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 29, 2009 at 4:05 pm

When i was with ABC PLITT it was my job to call the figures in to Columbia,S.C. Some nights i don’t know why we even opened and this was before VHS and Video games,we had cable,but it wasn’t much. I still remember to this day the phone numbers of NATIONAL HILLs and the IMPERIAl..738-4588 and 722-1866!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 29, 2009 at 12:39 am

I have been all over east Tenn,but never your way or Memphis. I can tell you one thing you were big enough to land the Oilers, my Son Kyle’s favorite team. It broke his heart when they changed the name. So you guys are pretty big, No Atlanta,but no Augusta.
Kyle is a Falcon fan now.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 29, 2009 at 12:05 am

Mike have you ever been to Nashville? It is maybe a BIG CITY now,but it has'nt always been.Like they say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.I remember when we only had one true skyscraper the L & C tower that was right next door to the Loews Crescent.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 28, 2009 at 11:53 pm

I Met in Augusta James Brown,Several local TV anchors , a few Disc Jockeys, & One Atlanta Falcon You guys in big cities have all the fun.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 28, 2009 at 11:40 pm

You are so right Mike.I have rubbed elbows with a few in the past,and not only country stars.