Palace Theatre, Crossville

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Palace Theater
Palace Theatre, Crossville is located in Tennessee
Palace Theatre, Crossville
Location 210 N. Main St., Crossville, Tennessee
Coordinates 35°56′49″N 85°1′33″W / 35.94694°N 85.02583°W / 35.94694; -85.02583Coordinates: 35°56′49″N 85°1′33″W / 35.94694°N 85.02583°W / 35.94694; -85.02583
Built 1936
Architect Smith, Eston; Garrison, William
Architectural style Art Deco, Moderne
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 93001477[1]
Added to NRHP January 07, 1994

The Palace Theatre is located on the Cumberland Plateau in Crossville, Tennessee and was built in 1938, closed in 1978, reopened in 2001. It was listed in David Naylor's book Great American Movie Theaters, in 1989 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


From 1938 to 1978 the theatre provided a movie house to a small Tennessee community. It hosted entertainment events that featured Grand Ole Opry stars and was the site for scrap metal drives and the sale of War Bonds during World War II.

The doors of the Palace Theatre closed in 1978 and would have failed to open again had it not been for the effort of various citizens, fund raising and Federal Grant money that was provided. In 2001 the restored three-story building was able to open featuring a design of both Art Deco and Art Moderne styles.

Present state[edit]

Today the theatre continues its role in the community. Concerts, art exhibits, school performances and private rental keep the old building active. The neon marquee continues to shine a welcome invitation to step back in time.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  • Young, Jim (2001). Crossville Cumberland County Tennessee: A Pictorial History. Turner: Paducah. 

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