Palms Theater

East Main Street,
New Port Richey, FL

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jeff560 on April 4, 2005 at 6:58 pm

I do not know whether the Palms Theater was an open air theater, but apparently the fire was started by a boy playing with matches. An older resident of New Port Richey told me recently that he was “certain” that a friend of his (whom he named) was playing with matches on a Sunday morning and inadvertently caused the fire. (A check of a calendar confirms that Jan. 30, 1938, was a Sunday.)

teecee on February 24, 2005 at 11:23 am

Good catch. The picture of the Palms appears to demonstrate a bungelow style architecture with the lattice work. It is no wonder that the flames were so huge on the subsequent fire.

A bit of curiosity: The Meighan /Richey reopened on 1/28/38 after a 4 year dormancy. The Palms burned down on 1/30/38. Coincidence?
Remember that the former manager of the Meighan ran (or at least planned to run) the Palms.