Palms Theater

2612 N. Central Avenue,
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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rivest266 on November 14, 2015 at 4:12 pm

March 23rd, 1945 grand opening ad in photo section.

robust on June 11, 2015 at 1:34 pm

I remember as a child going to the Palms Theater to see the Sound of Music. I know it was exclusive to the Palms and played for a long time. Does anyone know how long?

Steveking808 on August 6, 2013 at 12:45 am

To: DavidDymond

Do you have a connection to Harry Nace?

DavidDymond on August 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Harry L. Nace was an operating partner of Paramount-Publix Theaters!!

Steveking808 on August 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm

My grandfather, Wes King, worked for the owner of this theatre Harry Nace in the 1940’s. I am seeking any information anyone may have about Mr. Nace and his theatres. If you have any remembrances please contact me at . I would greatly appreciate it.

d5fin on April 30, 2013 at 12:45 am

I worked there in the summer of 1965. We were hired for the film, My Fair Lady. When I went for the interview there were at least 200 young girls waiting in line to get hired. They took us in at about four or five girls to interview. It was amazing. I could not believe I was hired. I had a great time there. I remember eating popcorn and the manager came into the theater and saw me sitting on an arm rest and motioned me to his office. Yep, I got a promotion. Then I was a cashier. Cannot believe how much fun I had there. It was my first “real” job. This was right before college began. Loved it there. D.B.

matt54 on June 22, 2012 at 11:52 am

What a beautiful theatre!

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Joe Vogel on March 16, 2012 at 9:08 am

The firm of Pereira & Pereira was dissolved in 1943, according to William Pereira’s entry in the AIA’s Directory of American Architects. William Pereira then operated his own firm until forming a partnership with Charles Luckman in 1951.

mellis05 on March 18, 2011 at 2:54 am

I was at the Palms the last night it was open. The last film they showed was “Gone With The Wind”.

looker1208 on November 18, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I remember see the awful movie Cher made called Chastity here in 1969. The great thing about it was The Palms Theatre was actually in that movie. For a moment, Phoenix seemed a little glamorous.

eddotcom on March 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Ads appearing in March, 1945 issues of The Arizona Republic newspaper show that the Palms opened Friday, March 23, 1945, with “Bring on the Girls.” Harry L. Nace was the theater manager. Ticket prices from 1PM to 6PM were children 17¢, adults 50¢, and after 6PM, children 20¢, adults 65¢.

dickie on March 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm

E. Freeman, speaking of the Palms, reminded me that the fresh flowers always present in the lobby were donated by Norman’s Nursery. W.H. and Isabel Norman were best friends with my grandparents (Isabel was known as Aunt Isabel to me). They lived in north Phoenix and traveled extensively. Both are gone now, as are my grandparents. The Palms was unique among theaters in Phoenix, with no refreshments and in pristine condition from the first time I went to the last, when we criminals snuck into “Bridge on the River Kwai.” Of all the theaters that existed when I was a kid, only the Orpheum (once the Paramount) still stands.

HowardBHaas on March 4, 2009 at 11:07 am

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if link doesn’t work, google search exactly Boxoffice April 3, 1948
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World Premiere in Phoenix of Fort Apache at two theaters: downtown Orpheum and neighborhood Palms.

balldog5 on December 24, 2007 at 2:42 pm

I was the Assistant Manager of the Palms in the early 50’s and my Uncle was projectionist throughout the theatre’s years. Beautiful theatre, very unique. Departing the parking lot, you passed the exterior part of the March of Dimes pool. You then passed through a arbor of Jasmine, a touch of heaven when blooming. Next is the entrance lobby, all in glass, where future posters were displayed with the inner part of the pool, there were always fresh flowers donated by Norman’s Flower Shop, south of the theatre. Also overhead music played by phone from the Adams Hotel, I believe this was one of Dwight (Red) Harkin’s first endeavors, not sure. This lobby led to the inner lobby which featured a collection of Indian pottery, the concession, and a kind maid keeping everything tidy. Popcorn was popped and bagged in the basement to avoid odors in the lobby. Entering the auditorium you observed beautiful contour curtains under gold ceiling lighting, soft house lights and music. Soon the house lights dim with blue lighting on the walls. The gold contours rise slowly, in loops, into the ceiling, leaving some gold loops hanging after rising. The contours extended nearly half way to the back of the auditorium. A thin title curtain covers the screen upon which opens to reveal the short subjects of Newsreel, Cartoon and Previews. The title curtain closes, gold lights come up, and feature film covers the title curtain as it opens, gold lights dim down. At completion of the feature, title closes and the contours drop in full gold. Leaving the theatre you have choices of Durant’s, Mexican Food, Polar Bear or Golden Drumstick next door. I MUST NOT forget to say that there was parking right on North Central. I remember the Fox, Vista, Rialto, Aztec (spanish, Strand and Phoenix theaters with fondness, downtown was safe and wonderful.

acmeron on October 1, 2007 at 12:59 pm

There was a candy, drink counter right in the center of the lobby, on the wall, as you walked in; the aisles to the theater were on either side. The little lobby has alcoves in the walls with Kachina dolls I believe. An old time restaurant called Durant’s was across the street and is still there. Up the Street a bit was the Polar Bar, a popular ice cream drive-in restaurant that featured the Zombie, a quart of ice cream with everything but the kitchen sink on it for $1.

Tillthen on July 28, 2007 at 11:10 am

Hi Slick, I remember the Palm well. If I remember well, when it first opened NO CANDY, POP CORN, OR SOFT DRINKS ALLOWED. I think by the time I first went there, circa 1947, they had acquiesced to public demand, because I have a faint recollection of a candy counter in the lobby.
It was a great theatre

dickie on April 13, 2006 at 5:04 pm

I see Ennis' question was from 11/3/05…so this will be either old news or on deaf ears if he doesn’t return to the site. The Vista was on south Central near the Adams Hotel, now both gone. It was’t “very close” to the Palms, which was at Central near Virginia. The Fox was on Washington or Van Buren—I don’t remember which, east of Central Avenue. About 30 blocks southeast of The Palms, which was my neighborhood theater as a kid. It wasn’t until around 1953 that the Palms began selling candy and popcorn. Prior to that, it was pristine, clean and elegant place. When they did open a concession counter, we would take our candy wrappers, cups and popcorn boxes to the trash can in the lobby. I saw some great films there—the last being “Bridge on the River Kwai” one Xmas when I was visiting my grandparents in Phx. I had moved to Encinitas, California by then. Several friends and I went to the 8:00 show and paid for one kid to get in, as the rest of us waited at the exit for him to open the door once the show began. He did, we crawled in and to our consternation found that the show was nearly sold out! We scattered to seats all over the theater and enjoyed the film. Fortunately, the statute of limitations have run out on our larceny.

EnnisCAdkins on November 3, 2005 at 2:47 pm

Does anyone have any information on the old Fox West Coast theater the VISTA that was very close to the Palms. I believe it was Arizona’s first roadshow 70MM house playing OKLAHOMA, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, SOUTH PACIFIC, BEN HUR, MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY etc on a hard ticket policy? I believe it was torn down when the Bethany, Kachina, Christown and Cine Capri were built in the early 1960’s. Can’t get much information on this one.

moviemirage on May 9, 2005 at 10:19 am

Another memory from my Phoenix days, gone. I only saw one movie at the palms, Alien. And it had already been out for some time. I assume The Palms was showing second run stuff by then. This had to be 1980? So I guess it was torn down soon after I left town. This is the only pic I could find. The theater is the building that slopes up. View link

acmeron on April 5, 2005 at 1:35 pm

The Palms Theater was located in what was then north Phoenix near Thomas Road. Many teenagers went to the Palms because their mothers would not let them go downtown, which was deteriorating. The theater was small but had a very ritzy look to it. It was very modern with flagstone in front. The lobby had a wild 40’s carpet with fan shaped swirls and several large space age stuffed chairs. The windows had gold roman shades. The main feature was an indoor, outdoor pond that people threw money into; there was a large picture window and the water went underneath it to a larger outside area. Outside the theater there were rows of old palm trees. Nearby, with the same architecture, was the Upton Ice Cream parlor.