210 Main Street,
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Palace Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: O.K. Theaters Inc.
Firms: Killis Almond & Associates
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Pastime Theatre, Queen Theatre
News About This Theater
- Jul 17, 2009 — Palace Theatre turns 100
This theatre was originally constructed in 1909 as a vaudeville house named Pastime Theatre. In 1916, it was renamed Queen Theatre and became the Palace Theatre in 1932 and was operated by O.K. Theaters Inc. chain. It has remained a theatre ever since.
The current owner restored and renovated it in 1996, employing the architectural firm Killis Arnold & Associates. I’m not sure how much of the décor is original. The entire auditorium seems to have been redone, save the wooden floor, which still has scars where the old seats were mounted.
I believe the outdoor ticket booth and marquee are reproduction, but the vertical was manufactured by a company that no longer seems to be in business. The theatre has a video store in the old dressing rooms, and a very nice concession stand with generous helpings.
The theatre, and indeed the entire town, are a shining example of what a small town can do besides fold up its sidewalks. And no, the answer doesn’t include Wal-Mart or any other tacky garbage. I must thank the manager, Rob Talley, for turning his neon back on after closing so I could photograph it.
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