Palace Theatre

5242 W. 25th Street,
Cicero, IL 60804

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Palace Theatre

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The Palace Theatre opened in the late-1920’s (it was first listed in the Film Daily Yearbook for 1929). It featured an ornate terra-cotta facade with a large arched window over the main entrance. It was built in Italian Renaissance style.

The Palace Theatre was closed as a movie house in 1951, and was converted to a bowling alley sometime afterward. It still operated in this capacity until 2005, when the building was sold and demolished.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

Buddkeith on February 14, 2005 at 2:42 pm

The Palace Bowl has been sold to the town of Cicero and will demolished and rebuilt as a town health clinic.

GFeret on October 16, 2007 at 3:02 pm

Sorry ‘bout this, but I’ve a strong feeling the 'status’ of the PALACE is now squarely under the heading of DEMOLISHED.

Someone (besides me that is) needs to travel by and conduct and official post mortem.

kencmcintyre on January 19, 2008 at 8:49 pm

The caption for this interior photo states that the Palace is now a parking lot:

kencmcintyre on June 19, 2008 at 11:05 pm

There is a photo of the Palace Bowl on this page:

popcorn on July 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Searching for photos of when it was a movie theatre. I will keep in touch when I find some.

popcorn on July 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Searching for photos of when it was a movie theatre. I will keep in touch when I find some. My parents, grandparents and myself all grew up in this area. Thanks

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Interesting photo posted on this blog:

joe voypick
joe voypick on December 2, 2012 at 12:25 am

Weekend afternoons at the 40’s Palace featured movies and LIVE ACTS. Admission price for kids was really high, 25 cents compared to the other local places at 10 cents. One of the last films I saw there was 1948s Three Musketeers with Lana Turner.

DavidZornig on November 30, 2015 at 10:51 am

1927 post card added credit Kenneth Andresen‎. Could have been the Grand Opening, given all the flags. The marquee also appears to read “We Are Open”. So that may narrow down the opening year. Maybe someone with better German than I can read the hand written caption.

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