Madison Theatre

1302 Madison Street,
Palatka, FL 32177

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Previously operated by: Bailey Theaters

Architects: William J. Heim

Functions: Church

Styles: Quonset Hut

Previous Names: Lincoln Theatre

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Madison Theatre

Opened as the Lincoln Theatre in 1950, it was an African-American theatre. Later renamed the Madison Theatre. This theatre was owned by Bailey Theaters with seating listed at 325.

The theatre closed in 1962 and has been converted into a church.

Contributed by Chuck

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hermanjr47 on July 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Madison Theatre I grew up in Palatka Florida during the 50’s and 60’s and I don’t recall a theater being at 311 N 11th, street location, The Madison was located on corner of Madison and Olive streets in the shape of a Quonset hut and it’s now a church, I recall admission was 9 cents for children and 25cents for adults.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 21, 2018 at 3:09 pm

The recent reopening of an earlier Lincoln Theatre, dating from the silent era, was mentioned in the July 17, 1934 issue of The Film Daily:

“Palatka, Fla. — The old Lincoln, colored house, has reopened after an expenditure of $3,500 for repairs and sound equipment.”
This first Lincoln Theatre, since demolished, must have been the house at 311 N. 11th Street that was later replaced by the 1950 quonset hut at 1302 Madison Street.

JackCoursey on November 20, 2022 at 5:57 pm

The actual street address for the Madison is 1302 Madison Street. Although the church signage is still up, the congregation has moved on leaving the building abandoned.

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