Located in downtown Gallatin, Tennessee, the Palace Theatre was built in 1913 and is the oldest silent movie theatre in its original location in the entire state. The Palace served the community until 1977 and then was largely forgotten…for a time. The quaint theatre has since earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and is back to showing movies and hosting live music events, lectures, recitals and comedians every weekend.
was owned and operated by Bill Roth and originally charged a five cent admission fee when
it first opened. During the silent era,
Roth added his own sound effects, such as breaking glass and blowing horns to
add to his patron’s experience. The art
deco theatre closed in 1977 and was purchased by Johnny and Sonny Garrott at
auction after Roth’s death in the early 1990s.
It was then donated to Greater Gallatin Inc. and plans for its
restoration soon began.
Gallatin managed to raise over $100,000 through private, public, and corporate
donations. It also secured a $300,000
grant and the venerable theatre finally re-opened its doors in 2000. It is now host to the Southern Circuit of Independent
Filmmaker’s Tour and installed new digital sound and projection equipment in
2013 in order to accommodate the showing of modern movies.
Palace now offers a variety of movies, from family friendly to screenings of
the Rocky Horror Picture Show to horror classics such as Psycho. It also is a popular venue for local country artists
and stand-up comedians. Please see the
Palace’s Facebook page for events and show times.