Palace Theater

114 S. Kentucky Avenue,
Lakeland, FL 33801

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The Palace Theater opened in 1913 as the Casino Theatre. Seating was located in orchestra and balcony levels.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 21, 2007 at 12:32 pm

I found some information for this theater. Opened in 1913 as the Casino Theater. It was renamed the Palace around 1925. Closed sometime in the 1950s and converted to retail use in the 1990s. The location given is:

S Kentucky Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 21, 2007 at 1:13 pm

More specific information:

The Palace Theater was one of Lakeland’s earliest movie houses. It opened as the Casino Theater in 1913 on South Kentucky Avenue next door to the Kibler (later the Thelma) Hotel. It was renamed the Palace in 1925 and continued as one of Lakeland’s downtown movie houses into the mid-1950’s Its next door neighbor neighbor, the Thelma Hotel, was torn down in 1962, but the shuttered theater remained standing. The Palace was renovated for use as office and retail space in 1997.

Here is a 1939 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 5, 2007 at 7:11 am

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 948 style D X was installed in the Palace Theater on 11/20/1924.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm

The address should be updated to 114 S. Kentucky Avenue. There’s a pizza parlor there called Palace Pizza. This newspaper article has a vintage nighttime shot.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on July 4, 2011 at 10:24 am

Here is my picture from June 2011.

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