Palace Theatre

219 Eighth Avenue SW,
Calgary, AB T2P 1B7

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Palace Theatre, Calgary, Canada

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A beautiful, wonderous former movie theater that is now home to a nightclub.

Allen’s Palace Theatre opened on October 25, 1921. It was the last of the Allen Theatres chain to be designed by architect C. Howard Crane.

Contributed by Fred Konopaki

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ghamilton
ghamilton on March 18, 2005 at 1:49 pm

This was a fun place to go in the mid-60’s.What about the several others in this immediate area?

justnlight
justnlight on March 16, 2007 at 1:10 am

I’m curently work at the Palace right now on one of the many teams working to restore and renovate the beautiful building that it is. As much as I would truly love to see it be fully restored to a theatre, I have to say that I do apperciate the fact that everyone working there respects the detail work that is still there, and is very carefull when working close to the mouldings,etc. And the new venue that it’s going to be has been very tastefully done and commplements the orignal details very nicely. I has been a blast working there learning about what the Palace was and what it will be.

PGlenat
PGlenat on November 29, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Crane also built Winnipeg’s Metropolitan Theatre (nee Allen) a year or two earlier for the Allen Brothers. Some reports claim that the Calgary Allen (Palace) Theatre opened first, although the Allen theatre in Winnipeg is reported to have opened originally either in 1919 or 1920. Both theatres ended up owned by Famous Players after the Allens went bankrupt. This probably accounts for the name change from Allen.
Except for the color of the brick above the ground level, as well as a 1950’s remodelling to the facade and marquee of the Met in Winnipeg, there is considerable similarity to the facades of the two theatres. I wonder if the interior is similar too.

telliott
telliott on November 29, 2007 at 5:13 pm

Lost memory, couldn’t get the photos to open, would love to see them.

telliott
telliott on November 29, 2007 at 6:05 pm

Thanks, worked perfectly. I always wondered if the beautiful old building was still standing, glad to see it still looks good. Wondered what ever happened to it.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 4, 2009 at 8:14 pm

There is a 1981 photo on this site:
http://tinyurl.com/cm2amd

menright
menright on November 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Loved this theatre, lined up for many a movie premier during the late 70’s to early 80’s.

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