Palace Theater in Vancouver opens on February 10, 1909.

  • By Eric Flom
  • Posted 1/11/2003
  • Essay 5040

On February 10, 1909, the Palace Theater opens in Vancouver, Washington. Located at 605 Main Street, the venue offers six one-reel silent films per show, with an admission price of 10 cents per person.

The Palace was owned and managed by C. Engleman, who equipped the house with a Wurlitzer piano/organ costing $2,200, along with something called a “flute-electric piano” that cost an additional $1,000. These two features were in addition to the house’s regular musical accompaniment, provided by a full-time pianist and taps drummer.

Engleman constantly strove to improve the Palace, which seated 381. He claimed to have made $3,000 worth of improvements during the first four years he owned the theater.


“Palace Theater, Vancouver, Wash.,” The Moving Picture World, June 7, 1913, pp. 1016-1017.

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