Weed Palace Theater

180 Main Street,
Weed, CA 96094

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Palace Theater, Weed, CA -- 2011

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The Art Deco style Palace Theater was originally built in the 1920’s to serve the town of Weed, current population 2,978. From 2001 it became home to Sylvia Massy Shivy’s Radio Star Studios, which offers a “unique recording experience for performing musicians”.

Sylvia had created a fully functioning live music venue and studio from the old Palace Theater and recorded and mixed songs for such artists as Tom Petty, R.E.M., and Johnny Cash. It closed in 2012.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Though later issues of Boxoffice Magazine call it simply the Weed Theatre, the earliest references to this house I can find in Boxoffice date from 1945, and these call the house the New Weed Theatre. All these items have to do with the installation of new projection equipment. The August 11 issue says “The New Weed Theatre in Weed will soon be equipped with an improved projection room.”

That Moderne front doesn’t look like anything built in the 1920s, even in a major metropolis, let alone a small town like Weed. If the theater dates from the 1920s, a major remodeling must have been done. That would probably account for the use of the name New Weed Theatre in the 1945 articles. The name dates to at latest 1937, as a card in the California Index cites a Motion Picture Herald item from June 12, 1937, about the New Weed Theatre.

So, there should be aka’s of Weed Theatre and New Weed Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Oh, there should probably also be an aka of Palace Theatre. The only reference to the name I can find comes from the May, 1985, issue of Boxoffice, which refers to “…Main Street Amusement’s Palace Theatre in Weed, Calif….” but there might be old ads or listings confirming the name somewhere. I’ll be on the lookout for them.

kencmcintyre on May 16, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Hopefully you can weed out all this information. Keep us posted.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 16, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Somebody will smoke it out eventually.

TLSLOEWS on December 3, 2009 at 11:33 am

I bet they sell a lot of popcorn there!!!

TLSLOEWS on December 3, 2009 at 11:36 am

Oh by the way do they have a smoking section?

TLSLOEWS on December 29, 2009 at 9:42 am

I was going to see a movie there,but I forgot.

juliagreen on March 8, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Poor little Weed. It isn’t even in Humboldt County!

TLSLOEWS on August 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Thanks JuliaG.Have a great night.

JohnRice on October 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm

In October 2014 the Weed Palace looked clean from the outside but apparently deserted inside. Wikipedia says Sylvia Massey, former proprietor of the famous Radio Star Studios closed down her operation there in 2012. A massive wildfire which devastated much of residential Weed in September 2014 reportedly narrowly missed the Weed Palace and rest of downtown Weed.

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