Palace Theatre

310 Ouellette Avenue,
Windsor, ON N9A

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Previously operated by: Famous Players

Architects: Charles Howard Crane

Previous Names: Allen Theatre

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1959 photo via American Stars on Wheels Facebook page.

The Allen Theatre was located in downtown Windsor, Ontario. It was opened October 16, 1920. It was later renamed Palace Theatre, and operated into the early-1980’s.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

vic1964 on September 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm

It was a great theater which in the 1970s showed first run Hollywood films.

John_R_Calhoun on March 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

The address was 310 Ouellette Avenue. A new multi-screen theatre was opened on the site in 1987; it closed January 2012.

DavidDymond on February 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm

This theatre was originally built as The Allen Theatre. When the Allen family theatres went under, Mr. Simon Meretsky successful theatre operator from Windsor acquired this theatre in partnership with Famous Players. Jointly they operated the former Loew’s Theatre, (CAPITOL) Allen TheaTRE (PALACE) TIVOLI THEATRE Walkerville and built the Centre Theatre at Wyandot and Pilette Street. These theatres were extremely profitable to Famous Players!

DavidDymond on February 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm

This theatre NEVER showed French movies, only the very best first-run American movies!!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

The Palace Theatre is on the right in this picture postcard featuring a nocturnal view of Ouellette Avenue in the 1950s.

The Allen Theatre in Windsor was one of several houses designed for the chain by architect C. Howard Crane. This was noted in an edition of the Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Volume 28, published in 1920. The publication isn’t available online, so I don’t know if there are any illustrations or not.

Google Books lists two libraries that have copies, both in England (University of Leicester, David Wilson Library, Leicester, and University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus Library, Frenchay, Bristol.)

DavidZornig on October 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm

I just added a photo of the Palace Theatre I found on Facebook. The marquee matches the one in Joe Vogel’s postcard image posted on 04/13/13.

rivest266 on March 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

October 16th, 1920 grand opening ad as Allen in photo section.

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