Is this your first time here?

Each day, Clio connects thousands of people to nearby culture and history. Our website and mobile app are free for everyone and designed to make it easy to discover cultural and historical sites throughout the United States. You can search for nearby sites, take a walking tour, create your own itinerary, or simply go for a walk or drive and let Clio show you nearby sites using our mobile app. Clio is non-profit and free for everyone thanks to the support of people like you. Donations are tax- deductible! Click here to learn more!

Palace Theatre

Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art (National Register of Historic Places)


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.

Exterior of the Palace Theatre.
The Palace in earlier times.
The Palace's performance space.
The newly arrived sign proclaiming you're at the Palace.


The Palace 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.

Greater 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.     

The cozy 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.

146 N Water St
Gallatin, TN 37066
Phone Number
Shows and/or movies every weekend. Please see Facebook page or call for events and show times.
  • Architecture and Historical Buildings
  • Music and Entertainment History
This location was created on 2016-02-24 by Steve Tinker .   It was last updated on 2016-02-24 by Unknown

This entry has been viewed 273 times within the past year


  • No comments found.

Join The Discussion

Only registered users can comment. Registration is completely free!

Login / Register

ResponsiveVoice used under Non-Commercial License