Palace Theatre

210 Main Street,
Canadian, TX 79014

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Previously operated by: O.K. Theaters Inc.

Firms: Killis Almond & Associates

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Pastime Theatre, Queen Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 806.323.5133
Manager: 806.323.5133

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This theatre was originally constructed in 1909 as a vaudeville house named Pastime Theatre. In 1916, it was renamed Queen Theatre and became the Palace Theatre in 1932 and was operated by O.K. Theaters Inc. chain. It has remained a theatre ever since.

The current owner restored and renovated it in 1996, employing the architectural firm Killis Arnold & Associates. I’m not sure how much of the d├ęcor is original. The entire auditorium seems to have been redone, save the wooden floor, which still has scars where the old seats were mounted.

I believe the outdoor ticket booth and marquee are reproduction, but the vertical was manufactured by a company that no longer seems to be in business. The theatre has a video store in the old dressing rooms, and a very nice concession stand with generous helpings.

The theatre, and indeed the entire town, are a shining example of what a small town can do besides fold up its sidewalks. And no, the answer doesn’t include Wal-Mart or any other tacky garbage. I must thank the manager, Rob Talley, for turning his neon back on after closing so I could photograph it.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

richardg on August 25, 2004 at 3:58 pm

I just looked at the pictures on the Palace’s webite and immediately lusted after this theatre. It looks like a wonderful theatre and many thanks for submitting it. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to see it in person someday. Seth, does it have a balcony and do you know the approximate seating capacity.

Seth on August 25, 2004 at 5:03 pm

No balcony, doubt it ever had one. I’d guess the capacity is about 200-300.

brentclarkf on December 19, 2004 at 10:13 pm

This one’s on my list for this summer, too! I’ll post as soon as I visit. I’ve looked in the windows, but I haven’t been inside yet.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2008 at 9:31 pm

The architect for the restoration of the Palace Theater was Killis Almond, of Killis Almond & Associates, a San Antonio, Texas, based firm specializing in the restoration of historic buildings. Click on their “Projects” link to find a link to a page about this theater, as well as links to pages about some of their other theater projects.

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