The Palace in earlier years. The theatre opened October 14, 1915 with silent pictures and live traveling performers.
Photos by past owner H.S. Waldorf. Far right is probably before the 1932 fire. Interior photos taken after the fire show hand-painted Spanish murals on the walls. Far right is the oldest photo of the exterior.
The Palace Theatre of bygone days seated 500 people on the main floor and sometimes sold out two showings a night. The lobby was very small, there was no backstage area or balcony seating.
The Palace Thetare closed in the early 1970s. The building then served as a variety of businesses including a fitness center. In the mid 1990s the board members of ACT I of Benton County, including Lu Karr and Julie Zimmer, began an initiative to reopen the theatre for both movies and live stage productions. More than $500,000 was rasied by the community and through local grants to fully renovate and re-open the Palace in November of 1999.The Palace now plays first-run movies every night of the week and partners with ACT I of Benton County to stage community theatre productions three or four times a year.