Palace Theatre

913 Castle Street,
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre opened in 1948 and was an African-American theatre. It is listed in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook, but no seating capacity is given. It was closed in 1955. It became a veterans hall, but was vacant by 2022.

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on September 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm

The address was 913 Castle St as you can see in that ad above. I’m not sure where the Market St address came from that is on this page. A Google view of 913 Castle shows the theatre to still be standing.

Patsy
Patsy on September 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm

The Palace was the last African American theater to open in Wilmington. It was located at 913 Castle Street, in the Dry Pond neighborhood of Wilmington, not far from the location of the Queen, Wilmington’s first black theater. (Wilmington Post, January 3, 1948, Reaves Collection, New Hanover County Public Library).

The Palace was one of the few, if not the only, black theater in Wilmington’s history to advertise in white newspapers. Ads from the 1940s show the theater frequently ran westerns.

In 1955 the Palace was closed and, according to city directories from the period, was replaced by a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Here is a Google street view of the building at 913 Castle St. in Wilmington. Though something less than palatial-looking, it does look like a former theater

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