1102 Tower Avenue,
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The Palace Theatre was opened on March 26, 1917. By 1926 it was operated by the Finkelstein & Ruben chain. They were taken over by Publix in 1929 and were later merged with Paramount Pictures Inc.
The historic theatre closed as a movie theater on April 22, 1982 and went over to use by a church. They later vacated the building and bricks began falling off the vacant building.
In 2002, the city took possession of the building after it was seized by Douglas County for back taxes.
Estimates to renovate the theatre to its former grandeur are between $7 million and $10 million. The city council said someone needs experience in theatre restoration, getting tax credits and a plan to operate it for them to keep it open.
There used to be a nursery downstairs complete with a merry-go-round and sand piles.
The structure was built with ornamental brick with inlaid panels and the front featured an elaborate design of white terra cotta, pillars and an ornate canopy. Mosaic tiles inlaid with the theatre’s name in scrawling script were at the entrance.
Inside, elaborate French Renaissance style relief throughout, marble stairs and floors in the massive two-story balcony were designed by noted architectural firm Rapp & Rapp (C.W. and George Rapp).
Broken plaster lies on the floor beneath a private balcony, leaving only rusted exposed mesh in front of the once-ornate box. Seats are all the stage and bird droppings are all over the stairways.
In November 2006, the Palace Theatre was demolished.
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