Palace Theatre

412 W. Will Rogers Boulevard,
Claremore, OK 74017

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Well, golly gee, how does one write about a movie house like the Palace? Truthfulness is best, so they say, so here it is; a more shabby, more drab cinema never existed. Fact is the Palace Theatre was no more than a former nickelodeon that still offered penny nights well into the 1930’s. When a spruce up finally did occur in 1936 not enough money was budgeted to much upgrade the run down structure.

Some old timers say there were too many theatres like the Palace Theatre in Griffith Bros. theatre chain. A lingering rumor repeats that Griffith took more out of their theatres than they returned to the communities in which they served.

Feel free to express your opinion here.

Contributed by Levi

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seymourcox on August 29, 2007 at 8:21 pm

And feel free to inspect exhibit A. Type in word “palace” to look at 1930s images,
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raybradley on August 31, 2007 at 12:29 pm

Have you looked at those photos of the Hodenville Liberty Theatre? To do so type in ‘liberty".

raybradley on September 2, 2007 at 5:43 am

Claremore, Oklahoma, is an interesting place.
This was Will Rogers birth place, hometown, and where he is entombed.
Claremore is the setting for two Broadway plays that were also made into Hollywood films; “OKLAHOMA!”, and “Dark at the Top of the Stairs”.
Oklahoma Military Academy is located here.

seymourcox on July 11, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Sharp vintage photoe of the former Palace Theatre can be found on this site;

raybradley on March 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Today the former Palace Theatre has been converted into Ann & Barbara’s Interiors, 412 W. Will Rogers.
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm

They should have saved the Theatre it being the Birthplace of Will Rogers.Could have done wonders with Tie-ins on his life and Films.but I guess an Interiors store was needed.I hate Stories like this.Where are the Locals.The little town of Harlem,Ga, Saved the Columbia Theatre and use it for Oliver Hardy tie ins.Hardy was Born in Harlem.Shortsighted people,

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