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Palace Theatre – 1985

We were talking on Friday about the original Palace Theatre on Ouellette Ave. The following photos were forwarded to me by Darren at artwindsor.org, who took them from his apartment at the Royal Windsor Terrace where he lived at the time.

The theatre was opened in 1920, as the Allen Theatre, which was a chain across Canada and the USA in the late 1910’s and early 1920’s. It was designed by Detroit architect C. Howard Crane, who designed all of the Allen Theatres across North America. In 1924, the name was changed from the Allen to the Palace. The theatre closed at the end of 1985, as can be seen on the marquee above. It was demolished in January 1986, and Palace v. 2.0 was built in its place. In later years it was owned by Famous Players, who closed it down in the late 1990’s early 2000’s. It has since been purchased and reopened as an independent cinema.

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