Palace Theatre

116 E. Main Street,
Lancaster, OH 43130

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DavidZornig on May 4, 2020 at 10:58 am

Circa 1929 photo with original marquee added. 1938 photo added with art deco marquee too.

rdt7575 on November 16, 2017 at 9:38 pm

I saw the theatre being demolished, which had to be sometime between 1960 and 1962. I know a lot of people were upset. According to the Film Daily Yearbook 1939, the seating capacity was listed at 986.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 16, 2017 at 4:23 pm

Views at Historic Aerials show that the Palace was still standing in 1960, but had been demolished by 1970. The large auditorium covered what is now the parking lot behind both the site of the demolished theater entrance building and the adjacent three-story building that is tagged on the Google Maps satellite view as the Columbus Dispatch News Bureau.

A newspaper report about the opening of the Palace gave its seating capacity as 1,300, but I suspect that was typical exaggeration. I’ve seen other sources claiming 1,100, which could certainly have been accommodated in the space the auditorium occupied. I’m pretty sure it had more than the one seat we currently list for it in the header (which must have been my mistake when I submitted the theater.)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm

The Palace originally had a Möller theater organ, but I’ve been unable to find any details about it. The organ was later moved to Lancaster City Hall. The City of Lancaster has since donated the instrument to the Victoria Opera House in the village of Baltimore, Ohio, where it is awaiting restoration.

rdt7575 on November 16, 2017 at 7:46 am

Ah! Great photo above of the Palace on Main Hill. Ignore my comment above about the bank photo.

rdt7575 on November 16, 2017 at 7:38 am

The Palace actually stood across the street from the Fairfield Federal Bank (which is pictured above). It was demolished and replaced with a parking lot around 1960.