Palace Theater

866 N. 8th Street,
Paducah, TX 79248

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Palace Theater ... Paducah Texas

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This cute little theater on the courthouse square is in pretty shabby shape. The facade is low and wide with a tile roof and an orange brick shamrock design in the center. The marquee is quite simple, and the ‘P’ is missing. The windows in the upper story are boarded over. The outdoor booth is now inside a shop window for what seems to be a used clothing place.

There was a history of the theater posted (an article from a 1970’s newspaper). I wish I had just photographed it, but the gist was that it had been a very busy theater up to the late-1950’s, but closed at some point. It was then rescued by a couple in the early-1970’s who invested a lot of money in it, but got into trouble with distributors because they refused to carry ‘R’ rated movies.

Contributed by Seth

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

calc
calc on December 29, 2004 at 6:19 pm

I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE THEATRE ANYONE HAVE ANY INFO?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 29, 2004 at 6:45 pm

Film Daily Yearbook’s, 1941 and 1950 give a seating capacity of 500.

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 7, 2008 at 3:58 am

A photo taken around the early to mid 1980s of the Palace Theater in Paducah showing Wes Cravens “Deadly Blessing” starring Sharon Stone.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm

You live or die by your bookings.If one doesn’t want to run rated R movies more power to them,but the community needed to support them on the G and PG movies.Thank goodness there wasn’t that stupid PG -13 rating then.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Nice photo posted by Don Lewis.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Tsloews you gotta go back to the UNICORN THEATRE site…

ruddergrl
ruddergrl on October 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Hmmm…..you’ve gotten some misinformation. I grew-up in Paducah and went to this theater many times. They did not close because of refusing to show R-rated movies……..there was a bad fire that totally destroyed the inside of the building.

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