Palace East Theatre

2220 West Chesterfield Boulevard,
Springfield, MO 65807

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Palace East Theatre

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Located at Chesterfield Boulevard and James River Freeway. This eight screen cinema opened as a first run house in 1998. With the opening of a couple of multiplexes in the same area the Palace East Theatre reverted to playing sub run at discount prices of $2.00 per show.

The theatre is a beauty for an eight screener. It has a large molded round center that reaches well above the roof. A large triangular-shaped marquee with attraction panels on both sides. Miles of orange, green and yellow stretch around the roof of the building and the marquee.

A large spacious and well decorated lobby greets the patrons as they enter. A very ample concession area with a game section to one end of the lobby.

The auditoriums all have Dolby Stereo with spacious high back seats. The walls are lined with a dark red sound absorbing material. The seating is on an inclined floor and the rows are staggered. The Palace East Theatre has matinees daily and late shows on the weekends. It is operated by Palace Theatres, a subsidiary of Warren Theatres.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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brandonandethan
brandonandethan on June 7, 2005 at 10:36 am

The price has now gone up to $2.50. Still a good bargain compared to other theaters in town.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on December 23, 2005 at 10:45 am

I’ve been here many times since 1996, when I saw Dunston Checks In (that same year, seeing Happy Gilmore at age five, a film I picked, was a great memory). In the later years, the theatre has gotten dirty and unkempt, but it’s still a good deal and still gets lots of business (despite going to a showing of The Weather Man last night in a THX auditorium and seeing only nine people, me and my mom included). There are also strange things about it, such as children with their parents very late at night, projection problems during a couple of crappy movies recently (Bewitched and Prime) and despite its good business, how it works with a skeleton crew half the time. But hey, it’s the Palace!

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on May 12, 2006 at 2:10 pm

The theatre opened on December 8th, 1995. The opening attractions were Mortal Kombat (in THX), Clueless (in THX), Never Talk To Strangers, A Walk In The Clouds, A Kid In King Arthur’s Court, The Scarlet Letter, How To Make An American Quilt and The Big Green.

swdailey
swdailey on August 13, 2006 at 4:44 am

It’s too bad this theater has been allowed to get rundown. The “strange things” you mentioned — would that have anything to do with the theater being next door to government subsidized housing? Just a thought. The owner, Warren Theaters, built several state-of-the-art multiplexes in Wichita that are considered some of the best in the whole country. Why they didn’t make the Palace one of those is anybody’s guess. For years they planned on building one in the new development at the Kansas Speedway in KCK, but backed out due to political and financial issues. Springfield desperately needs a state of the art theater. The Campbell 16 ain’t it. Maybe the College Station project will deliver, if it’s ever built.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on August 25, 2006 at 6:33 am

The Warren chain cares more about the Wichita theatre than this theatre. That would explain how they get exclusive films, better maintained, better run, etc, etc.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on June 1, 2008 at 11:10 am

Films I’ve Seen At The Grindhouse (aka The Palace):

Dunston Checks In
Tom and Huck
Happy Gilmore
Oliver and Company
D3: The Mighty Ducks
For Richer Or Poorer
Mouse Hunt (in THX)
Mr. Magoo
The Borrowers
Krippendorff’s Tribe
Mulan (in THX)
10 Things I Hate About You
Never Been Kissed
The Bourne Identity (in THX)
Star Wars Episode II (in THX)
Chicago
Biker Boyz
View From The Top
The Core
What A Girl Wants
Malibu’s Most Wanted
Hollywood Homicide
Love Actually
Gothika
The Missing
Honey
Love Don’t Cost A Thing
Stuck On You
Mona Lisa Smile (in THX)
Cold Mountain (in THX)
House Of Sand and Fog
Torque
The Butterfly Effect (in THX)
The Big Bounce
You Got Served
Twisted
Dawn Of The Dead
Taking Lives
Johnson Family Vacation
The Whole Ten Yards
Little Black Book
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Alfie
Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason
Darkness
Elektra
Coach Carter
In Good Company
Constantine
The Interpreter
The Honeymooners
Herbie: Fully Loaded
Bewitched
Two For The Money
Prime
The Weather Man (in THX)
Jarhead
Derailed
Rumor Has It
Last Holiday
Annapolis
The Pink Panther (in THX)
Eight Below (in THX)
Take The Lead
The Sentinel
Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties
Monster House
The Ant Bully
Barnyard
Beerfest
The Last Kiss
School For Scoundrels
A Good Year
Stranger Than Fiction
Apocalypto
The Holiday
Charlotte’s Web
Freedom Writers
Breach
300
Shooter
Perfect Stranger (in THX)
In The Land Of Women
Spider-Man 3
Shaun Of The Dead (special show, in THX)
Gone Baby Gone
Dan In Real Life
The Goonies (special show)
The Golden Compass (in THX)
P.S. I Love You
The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything
Never Back Down
The Terminator (special show, in THX)

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on June 2, 2008 at 5:27 pm

I accidentally left out 28 Weeks Later (in THX).

SwingersFan
SwingersFan on January 9, 2009 at 1:44 am

I’ll have you all know that there is a Palace West in Wichita that is in terrible condition, operated under the Warren Name as well, it has the same seating capacity, setup; but has been open since 1989. The Palace in Springfield has a great crew that is trying to create a better moviegoing environment. All I know is, if Mr. Warren was to build one of his luxurious monsters like the one in Moore, Oklahoma he just built, no competitor would be able to withstand it. His luxury theatres are such a force to be reckoned with, I believe for one, Dickinson AND Hollywood would definitely shut their doors, and Wehrenberg would be crippled.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on January 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm

I’ve read about that. All digital AND THX. I don’t really see there being more of those coming though, due to the recession and Warren not being a major player in the exhibitor game.

And I actually got the idea that the Wichita theatre was treated better. They seem to get the better bookings (for example, Fox titles actually get play there) plus they’re better with the midnight series and they even have a classics series on Wednesdays. Here in Springfield it seems that half the movies don’t get run, the midnight series seems to be smaller and there is no classics series yet. If given the opportunity, I’d rather pay $2.50 to watch The Godfather or Citizen Kane or Raging Bull instead of Eagle Eye or Beverly Hills Chihuahua. But at least we got the Gillioz booking classics sometimes.

swdailey
swdailey on August 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Why is this called the Palace East on this website? Even Warren Theaters own website doesn’t call it that (just the Palace). An inside joke maybe?

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