Palace Theatre

220 N. Highland Street,
Marfa, TX 79843

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Palace Theater ... Marfa Texas

This former Art Deco movie theatre is located in downtown Marfa’s main street. It was the Marfa Opera House before its cinematic incarnation, but has been closed since the 1970’s. A local illustrator now uses the building as his studio.

The Palace Theatre’s claim to fame was the nightly screenings in 1955 of Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean pictures while George Stevens and his Warner Brothers crew (including aforementioned stars) were shooting “Giant” right outside of town. The dailies were screened across the street at the Texas Theater.

Contributed by Ian Umlauf

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William
William on December 15, 2003 at 8:55 pm

The Palace Theatre seated 761 people.

teecee
teecee on September 26, 2005 at 4:29 am

There is a nice photo of this theater in the print version of October’s Traveler Magazine. Their website still shows the September issue – hope it is updated soon.

Here is another photo:
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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 9, 2018 at 8:57 pm

1955 photo added courtesy of the Traces of Texas Facebook page. Palace blade sign on the right above the automobiles. Texas Theater marquee on the left behind the Hotel Paisano Hotel sign above the sidewalk.

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