Palace Theatre

1947 Winnebago Street,
Madison, WI 53704

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Functions: Housing, Retail

Previous Names: Gem Theatre

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Gem Theatre, Madison, WI

The Gem Theatre originally opened as a storefront nickelodeon by 1911. By 1921 it had been renamed Palace Theatre and was still showing movies in 1933. The closed building was heavily altered over the years and was demolished by 2021.

Contributed by Trolleyguy

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Trolleyguy on July 10, 2011 at 2:18 am

Here is a picture of the Gem from 1915.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 12, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Here is a direct link to the 1915 photo of the Gem Theatre.

A list of movie theaters opened in Madison between 1911 and 1914 includes the Gem.

Trolleyguy on September 18, 2021 at 3:47 pm

Status should be closed/demolished. This theatre building and adjoining structures have been razed and a new development built on the property.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 18, 2022 at 3:04 am

The Gem is listed at 1947 Winnebago Street in the 1919 city directory, but the next edition available online, 1921, list that as the address of the Palace Theatre. The Palace is listed in the FDY through the 1933 edition, then vanishes. When the seating capacity is given it is 300.

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