Palace Theatre

310 2nd Avenue SE,
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

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Previously operated by: Paramount-Publix

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Located in downtown Cedar Rapids, the Palace Theatre was opened in May 1908, and continued to at least 1950.

Contributed by Vicki Chase

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm

There was a Palace Theatre in operation at Cedar Rapids at least as early as 1908. It was mentioned in the October 24 issue of The Moving Picture World. Beginning in 1913, trade publications mention the Palace Theatre at Cedar Rapids being operated by A.J.Diebold.

Comments on the New Times 70 Theatre page say that the Palace was located on 2nd Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets, and that it was taken over by Roy Metcalfe, operator of the New Times 70 Theatre, in December, 1956. One comment also notes that the Palace has been demolished.

vchase on February 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

May 12, 1908: Proprietors of the new Palace Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids said the facility would open this week. Located in the former Sunshine Mission Building, the owners promised to show only “high class” moving pictures and illustrated songs for five cents admission. 1998 CR Gazette column “100 yrs ago today”

vchase on February 25, 2012 at 8:03 am

Palace address: 310 2nd Ave SE

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm

The 1927 FDY lists the Palace Theatre as one of four houses in Cedar Rapids that were operated by Paramount-Publix affiliate A. H. Blank. The others were the Isis, the Rialto, and the Strand.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2024 at 10:49 pm

The Palace was either rebuilt or moved to a new building in 1912. This item is from the July 20 issue of Motograpahy that year:

“‘The Palace’ is the name of a handsome new motion picture theater recently opened at Cedar Rapids by Mr. Ford. It has a brilliantly-lighted entrance and the interior is provided with the best indirect lighting system that can be had as well as the best ventilating system. The roof beams have a mission effect, the walls are handsomely decorated and the mural decorations are excellent. Special attention will be given to feature films.”

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