32 E. Forsyth Street,
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Opened in 1919, the Palace Theatre was an early theatre design by local architect, Roy A. Benjamin, who also designed the Imperial Theatre down Forsyth Street (Benjamin earlier designed Jacksonville’s Arcade Theatre, later renamed the Center Theatre, as well as the opulent Florida Theatre some years later, also on Forsyth Street.) The Palace Theatre, which seated nearly 1,900, was built for S.A. Lynch of Asheville, North Carolina and was originally part of the Keith vaudeville circuit. Around the time it opened, it was called “The Theater Beautiful” and “Equal of any and peer of many in the East”.
During the 1920’s, with vaudeville on the wane, the Palace Theatre became a movie house, though after the larger and much more ornate Florida Theatre opened in 1927, the Palace Theatre’s days as the premier movie house on Forsyth Street were coming to an end. By 1941 the Palace Theatre was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary E.J. Sparks. The theatre survived until 1956, when it was demolished along with the nearby Imperial Theatre. A parking garage is now on the site.
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