Palace Theater

5242 W. 25th Street,
Cicero, IL 60804

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Palace Theater

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The Palace Theater opened in the 1920’s. 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

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klimkm
klimkm on February 10, 2005 at 6:38 am

I don’t remember the movie theatre but I do believe the facade of the subsequent “Palace Bowl” was in the movie “Uncle Buck”. I recognized it immediately!! I used to live in the neighborhood around there. Check it out next time you watch the movie.

Buddkeith
Buddkeith on February 14, 2005 at 9:42 am

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

GFeret
GFeret on October 16, 2007 at 9:02 am

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
kencmcintyre on January 19, 2008 at 3:49 pm

The caption for this interior photo states that the Palace is now a parking lot:
http://tinyurl.com/2o4r4m

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 19, 2008 at 5:05 pm

There is a photo of the Palace Bowl on this page:
http://tinyurl.com/5o86bm

popcorn
popcorn on July 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm

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

popcorn
popcorn on July 12, 2011 at 3:57 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 7:15 am

Interesting photo posted on this blog:

http://bowlinghistory.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/palace-bowl.jpg

joe voypick
joe voypick on December 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm

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.

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