Palace Theatre

209 W. Rogers Boulevard,
Skiatook, OK 74070

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Palace Theatre

Mr. and Mrs. John Atchison opened the Palace Theatre in the five-year old Kreager Building with Simplex projection and a gold fibre screen. It launched September 22, 1914 with James Vincent and Alice Hollister in Kalem Production’s “The Lost Diamond” supported by a two-reel comedy, “Zuza, The Band Leader”. The long-running theatre converted to sound and lasted until the 1950’s. It closed and was taken over by a church. In the 2020’s, it was a physical therapy office.

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robboehm on January 21, 2021 at 7:01 pm

Currently Redbud Physical Therapy. Current street photo uploaded.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 21, 2021 at 8:47 pm

The only movie house listed at Skiatook in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory was called the Lyric. The Palace was mentioned in the July 3, 1920 issue of Moving Picture World, along with a house called the Electric Theatre.

At least two sources (Film Daily of March 28, 1923 and Gary D. Rhodes' book The Perils of Moviegoing in America: 1896-1950) mention a theater fire at Skiatook in 1923 in which the projectionist was killed. Rhodes gives the cost of damages as $125,000. Three months later, the June 16 issue of Exhibitors Trade Review ran a brief item saying “[t]he New Palace Theatre, Skiatook, Okla., will be ready for opening shortly.” The name New Palace leads me to me suspect that it was the Palace that burned and had to be rebuilt.

The “Oklahoma City” column of Boxoffice for June 22, 1959 mentions the Palace. A new owner of the building planned to remodel it for another use, an the item mentions that the Palace was last operated by Bill Stricker and Bill Jones, operators of the Ritz. The closing date is not given, but the wording suggests that the house had been dark for quite some time.

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