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Palace Theater (opened October 1947; closed 1955)

Palace Theater- Colored Only, Wilmington, N.C. in The Reaves Collection, New Hanover County Public Library, Wilmington, N.C.

The Palace was the last African American theater to open in Wilmington. It was located at 913 Castle Street, in the Dry Pond neighborhood of Wilmington, not far from the location of the Queen, Wilmington's first black theater. (Wilmington Post, January 3, 1948, Reaves Collection, New Hanover County Public Library).

The Palace was one of the few, if not the only, black theater in Wilmington's history to advertise in white newspapers. Ads from the 1940s show the theater frequently ran westerns.

In 1955 the Palace was closed and, according to city directories from the period, was replaced by a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.