Palace Theatre

235 College Avenue,
Athens, GA 30601

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc., Lucas & Jenkins, Inc., Paramount Pictures Inc., Plitt Theatres

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Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre opened in February 1, 1921. It was equipped with a Moller 2 manual 10 rank organ. The Palace Theatre is still listed in the 1980’s. A parking garage is located where the Palace Theatre once stood.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Yeah,I should have taken a few since no one in Athens ever gets on CT.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Summer Prices for the PALACE 1 and 2 Theatres will be “BLUE THUNDER” at $4,00 a seat and Child $2.00 a seat, “SUPERMAN” has Adults paying $4.00 a seat, but the kids tickets go up to $2,50 a seat.This from the 1983 Knoxville Home Office admission Prices Memo.Still under the Plitt banner.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Any old employees can check out REMEMBERING PLITT THEATRES on Facebook,Great place to see for old theatre folks in the real days of the Theatre Business.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 13, 2012 at 5:45 am

The Film Daily of February 9, 1921, said that the Palace Theatre in Athens had opened on February 1. The Palace was a Loew’s house.

SidKCols on May 6, 2015 at 7:40 am

It was still going strong with first run pics in the late 60’s. My wife and I attended this theater often.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 9, 2017 at 11:52 am

WELL into the 80’s, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN opened there sidkcols…

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on November 14, 2017 at 7:38 pm

At the 1921 opening there was a II/10 Moller pipe organ to accompany the silent pictures. While Loews was spending a lot of money on new buildings just after World War I, they skimped on their organs, buying Mollers instead of the more expensive makes. In larger markets many of Loew’s Mollers were replaced after just a few years. Here in Athens it seems the Moller survived to the sound era, at which point Loews fired all their organists and left to the organs to the mice. There is no record of what became of this one but it would not be unusual if it went to the landfill.

vertair7 on February 7, 2021 at 12:50 am

I created a Facebook group tonight on the 100th anniversary of the Palace theatre Grand opening Feb 7, 1921. To find the group search Palace theatre Films Athens,Ga 1921-87 or use the link below I’m having an event Watch for the very first film the Mark of Zorro 1920.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 24, 2022 at 7:06 pm

Numerous items in trade journals starting in the mid-1930s indicate that the Palace at Athens was then a Lucas & Jenkins house. A July 13, 1935 Motion Picture Herald item noted that Paramount partners L&J had just taken over two houses at Athens. The item didn’t give the names of the theaters, but the Palace was likely one of them. Lucas and Jenkins didn’t enter the theater business until 1934, when they took control of the Atlanta Fox.

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