Palms Theater

2612 N. Central Avenue,
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc., Paramount-Publix

Architects: William L. Pereira

Firms: Lescher & Mahoney

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Palms Theater

The Palms Theater opened on March 23, 1945 with Veronica Lake in “Bring on the Girls”. It was built for and operated by Paramount Nace Theatres Inc. Designed by Lescher & Mahoney, with William L. Pereira as consulting architect, all seating was on a single floor.

The Palms Theater was closed in 1981 and has since been torn down.

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Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

mellis05 on March 18, 2011 at 1:54 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 16, 2012 at 8:08 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.

matt54 on June 22, 2012 at 10:52 am

What a beautiful theatre!

d5fin on April 29, 2013 at 11:45 pm

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.

Steveking808 on August 4, 2013 at 11:18 am

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.

DavidDymond on August 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm

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

Steveking808 on August 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm

To: DavidDymond

Do you have a connection to Harry Nace?

robust on June 11, 2015 at 12:34 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?

rivest266 on November 14, 2015 at 3:12 pm

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

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