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Opened September 30, 1916 (later named the Newsreel)

Address: 30 Pine—Pine Avenue near Ocean Boulevard

Capacity: 850 seats

June 15, 1917: The Daily Telegram, "Picture Taken in Long Beach Shown at Palace Tonight," 12:5: Ruth Roland, one of the most popular stars on the motion picture screen will appear for the first time in her new serial, The Neglected Wife, at th Palace Theatre tonight and Saturday. The Neglected Wife is a thrilling story dealing with the complex problems of married life and based on Mabel Herbert Urners famous novels, The Journal of a Neglected Wife and The Woman Alone. The first episode is entitled "The Woman Alone," and it shows Ruth Roland in a deeply interesting and moving situation supported by Roland Bottomley and the celebrated English star, Neil Hardin, one of the best heavies on the screen, Corene Grant and Philo McCullough. The serial was produced in the sunshine of California by Balboa company of Long Beach. This picture will be shown at the Palace Theatre every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in addition to the regular program, until the 15 chapters are completed. There are several scenes in each chapter taken in and around Long Beach and it contains several thrills and a punch in each episode.

“Long Beach’s Nickel Movie Days,” Independent Press Telegram (Aug. 02, 1964), by Maymie Krythe: According to Krythe, William J. Fahey opened the Palace on Pine Avenue near Ocean Boulevard. Then in 1929, Fahey brought the first sound picture to Long Beach and the Palace.

1919 William Fahey and anotherman at entrance

1919 photo of William Fahey, left, and unidentified man, right, at the entrance to the Palace Theatre, Historical Society of Long Beach

Palace exterior

Both photos (exterior and interior) courtesy of the Ronald W. Mahan & Joseph J. Musil Photo Theatre Collection

Palace interior