Morris Performing Arts Center
211 N. Michigan Street,
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Built on par with theaters in much larger cities, the Palace Theater was the location for vaudeville, movies, dancing and more for 37 years. It opened on November 2, 1922 with Mary Miles Minter in “The Cowboy and the Lady” on the screen plus Orpheum vaudeville on the stage. It had 2,665 seats.
Faced with declining numbers, the Palace Theater closed in 1959. E. M. Morris then saved the classic theater from destruction and helped reopen it as a performing arts center. The center was named for her.
After years of continued use, the Morris has been undergoing recent renovations. When restoration is completed, the structure, which includes the theater, lobby, and plaza, will return the Morris to its palatial roots.
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