Palace Theater

W. Duke of Gloucester Street,
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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wolfesden on March 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm

B. F. Wolfe was my Grandfather [Benjamin Franklin Wolfe]. He opened the “Palace Moving Picture Show” in January 1913 he sold it in 1920. It was a family affair with the children participating in the ticket sales, camera operation, cleaning, etc. There was live variety shows when movies were not shown. It was quite successful during the early years. In his second year of operation he added a “talkaphone”. I have been unable to find out exactly what that was. I even tried the Smithsonian without success.

wsasser on January 6, 2015 at 9:56 pm

The Palace Theater, Main Street (Duke of Gloucester Street) across from Palace Green near the intersection of Palace and Main Street 1.Story Oct 24, 1912, Landmark tree torn down to build a theater. 2.Nov 21, 1912, new theater building progressing rapidly. 3.Jan 8, 1913, theater to open soon. 4.Opened Jan 23, 1913 by owner B.F. Wolfe 5.Jan 23, 1913, Williamsburg’s Educational and Civic Association approve of theater. 6.Last ad found was in Daily Press dated Dec. 5, 1925 7.Motion Picture Daily Periodical lists them through 1928