310 Ouellette Avenue,
310 Ouellette Avenue,Windsor, ON N9A
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October 16th, 1920 grand opening ad as Allen in photo section.
I just added a photo of the Palace Theatre I found on Facebook. The marquee matches the one in Joe Vogel’s postcard image posted on 04/13/13.
The Palace Theatre is on the right in this picture postcard featuring a nocturnal view of Ouellette Avenue in the 1950s.
The Allen Theatre in Windsor was one of several houses designed for the chain by architect C. Howard Crane. This was noted in an edition of the Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Volume 28, published in 1920. The publication isn’t available online, so I don’t know if there are any illustrations or not.
Google Books lists two libraries that have copies, both in England (University of Leicester, David Wilson Library, Leicester, and University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus Library, Frenchay, Bristol.)
This theatre NEVER showed French movies, only the very best first-run American movies!!
This theatre was originally built as The Allen Theatre. When the Allen family theatres went under, Mr. Simon Meretsky successful theatre operator from Windsor acquired this theatre in partnership with Famous Players. Jointly they operated the former Loew’s Theatre, (CAPITOL) Allen TheaTRE (PALACE) TIVOLI THEATRE Walkerville and built the Centre Theatre at Wyandot and Pilette Street. These theatres were extremely profitable to Famous Players!
The address was 310 Ouellette Avenue. A new multi-screen theatre was opened on the site in 1987; it closed January 2012.
It was a great theater which in the 1970s showed first run Hollywood films.