Details for Palace Theater

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507013801


Marker Number 13801
Atlas Number 5507013801
Marker Title Palace Theater
Index Entry Palace Theater
Address 206 N. Main St.
City Childress
County Childress
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 389151
UTM Northing 3809694
Subject Codes opera houses and theatre; Art Moderne (Architectural style)
Marker Year 2005
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark Yes
Marker Location N. Main St., E side between Ave. B NE and Ave. C NE
Private Property
Marker Condition
Marker Size Medallion & Plate
Marker Text F.M. Phipps and G.S. Layton opened the Palace Theater in 1926. The theater suffered two fires, the second burning it to the ground in 1936. Phipps' widow, Mable, and Layton's son G.R. hired W. Scott Dunne of Dallas to design a new moviehouse at the site. Built by H.J. Naylor, the Palace reopened in February 1937, and the Palace Barber Shop and City Newsstand also operated from the building. The theater closed in the 1980s. The building's Art Moderne architectural features, including zigzag patterning, and the theater's history are significant reminders of 20th-century Childress. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2005

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