1102 Tower Avenue,
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The Palace was a historic vaudeville and movie house that has six months to find a developer or it will be demolished. It has been sitting vacant since April 22, 1982. It was opened on March 26, 1917.
The historic theater has stood vacant for most of the 23 years since it closed as a movie theater on April 22, 1982. Bricks have fallen off the building.
In 2002, the city took possession of the building after it was seized by Douglas County for back taxes.
Estimates to renovate the theater to its former grandeur are between $7 million and $10 million.
The city council said someone needs experience in theater 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 theater’s name in scrawling script were at the entrance.
Inside, elaborate renaissance relief throughout, marble stairs and floors in the massive two-story balcony were designed by 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 was demolished.
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