Palace Theatre

122 W. Main Street,
Elmwood, IL 61529

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The Palace Theatre opened in 1913, as a vaudeville theater, and later switched over to movies. It was wired for sound in 1930.

In 1935, it was purchased by Ed & Vivian Hahn on their wedding day. They operated it until September 17, 1997, when it was purchased by Vern & Christine Reynolds. Vern Reynolds is the sole current operator, operating as Reynolds Theatres. The theatre has been beautifully restored and renovated to its original appearance. A next-door barber shop was converted into a larger concession area.

The Palace Theatre contains its original tin ceiling and features a 75 seat balcony, with seating for 300 on the main floor.

On June 5, 2010, the town and theatre was hit by a tornado and is in the process of being restored. The theatre will seat on the main floor 234, and the balcony will be reduced to 45 seats. Reopening date will be June 1, 2011.

This rare single-screen movie house is one of the gems of charming downtown Elmwood.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

Lost Memory is still listed as a member, but apparently has not posted since November of 2009; I hope he is OK and his absence is temporary.

Patsy
Patsy on June 8, 2010 at 11:37 am

Larry & CWalczak: I see that neither of you have provided your email addresses on your profile pages so sadly I must tell you that Lost Memory is no longer an active CT member due to a few CT members that continued to give him grief for whatever reasons. I doubt that he will return to CT any time soon, if ever. That is a shame as he was a valued member with wonderful almost daily contributions to this site.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 8, 2010 at 11:46 am

I am grieved to hear that, Patsy; his contributions to this site have always been valuable. It saddens me to see people being needlessly personally attacked or made to feel humiliated on this site – of all places. My email is golgafrinchan48 at att (dot) net.

Patsy
Patsy on June 8, 2010 at 11:54 am

I agree and thanks for your sincere comments!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm

A couple years ago on one of the pages here in CT someone stated that Lost Memory and Ken McC, both prolific contributors, were the same person! If Lost is no longer posting, how about Ken?

Patsy
Patsy on June 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Ron: I really doubt that these 2 members are or were the same person! I know Lost isn’t posting anymore and say for sure about Ken Mc.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Ken Macs last post was on 6/6-2010.

Patsy
Patsy on June 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm

tisloews: Thanks as I wasn’t aware of Ken’s last post on that date.

adm22
adm22 on January 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm

They are still closed website says they maye soon reopne and have a poll question asking if they do if people will be willing to pay $4 for a ticket. I used to go there on occasion nice theatre.

adm22
adm22 on August 5, 2011 at 8:08 am

The local shopper paper that came in the post today has an ad from them saying theyare now opening and running the movie Zookeeper- whihc starts today.

A few months back they had an ad saying they were looking for people to sponsor seats. I was not sure what had happened to them until that point. They are about 30 miles from me and I am at the northern end of the area the paper services, they are at the southern end. Their ads stopped last summer adn were replaced by ones for a theatre another 30 miles further south for awhile.

Gald to see they are back open. I used to go there a couple fo times a year when they were open.

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