Old PhotographsPhoto Du JourWindsor

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.

Related posts
Old Newspaper StoriesOld Photographs

Proposed Howard Avenue Subway - 1930

Old Photographs

Mitchell Sworn in as Mayor - 1924

Buildings of WindsorOld Photographs

Park Building - July 2002

Buildings of WindsorWindsor

Jackson Park Bandshell

Recent Comments:

  • Chris on 834 Lawrence Rd: “Looks like the last time it was a church was 2012. Was called The Church of God of Prophecy back…Feb 20, 12:12
  • Andrew on James Patten – In Memoriam: “Michael, right you are! Time flies. I’ve corrected the post.Feb 5, 05:19
  • Michael Gertz on James Patten – In Memoriam: “James Patten passed away in the summer of 2022, according to the story links provided, not last summer. Approaching two…Feb 5, 00:16
  • e garneau on Canadian Motor Lamp Factory: “My sister worked at the Windsor Motor plants back in the thirties and forties. They made WW2 products.Jan 30, 20:52
  • Lawrence Goodwin on Welcome to Yorktown Square: “I grew up on Mark Ave between 3rd Concession and LaBelle in the 60’s and 70’s. My house was the…Jan 25, 13:41

15 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *