Video Tour of The Palace Theatre


A valuable history lesson here from the Douglas County Historical Society. What a shame that the City of Superior lost this beautiful old building to the wrecking ball.

Designed by noted theatre architects Rapp and Rapp in 1917. The Palace Theatre in Superior, Wisconsin closed in 1982.  Except for brief use as a church in the late 1980’s, it was vacant until its demolition in November 2006, for which Mayor Dave Ross and city hall were criticized.

The demolition of the building caused it to be listed on the National Historic Preservation’s “Worst of 2006” list of atrocities. This video was of a public tour given in Sept. 2002 by Kathy Laakso of the DCHS.

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  1. Andrea Dickenson

    I actually was at I think one of the Palace’s last movie showings..I think it was 1979..and I believe they were showing “Star Trek”. I was with Muriel Singer, and her dad, Barry. He was the librarian at the East End library at the time. I was only eight at the time, but I was in awe of the screen , the big movie theater seats..and I remember some people were smoking..which was weird to me at the time. I wonder if anyone else remembers this showing?


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