190 Clematis Street,
West Palm Beach,
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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.
Architects: Bruce P. Kitchell
Styles: Spanish Colonial
Previous Names: Kettler Theatre, Florida Theatre
Built on the site of Kettler’s Bijou Theatre, the Kettler Theatre was the largest movie theatre south of Atlanta when it opened December 24, 1923 at the corner of Clematis Street and Narcissus Avenue in downtown West Palm Beach. It initially had 1,200 seats. By 1933 the seating capacity had been reduced to 700 and on October 6, 1935 it was renamed Florida Theatre operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary E.J. Sparks.
On December 17, 1949, a new Florida Theatre opened across the street and the former Kettler/Florida Theatre was renamed Palms Theatre and competed with the new Florida Theatre for decades. It was demolished in 1965 to make way for a parking lot.
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