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Childress Theatre Company

We are dedicated to the preservation of our historic Palace Theater, would appreciate your consideration in helping to save this unique page in our community's history. The Palace Theater, designated in 2006 as a historic landmark by the Texas Historical Commission, is located in downtown Childress. It has been a prominent fixture on our beautiful brick Main Street since 1926 when it was built by F.M. Phipps and G.S. Layton. ( Mr. Phipps began his career as a theater entrepreneur in Childress in 1911)

We Remember the Palace

What a great beginning its restoration would be in the rejuvenation of downtown Childress. Built originally for silent films, the interior was damaged by fire in January 1934. On Febuary 1934 it was rebuilt for sound with a seating capacity for 900. A second fire completely destroyed The Palace in 1935, and the present building in the same location in 1937.

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Childress Theater Company is dedicated to the preservation of our historic Palace Theater. We would appreciate any help you can give.

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Any donations in this endeavor would be greatly appreciated. All donations are tax deductible. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

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Coming Soon

We anticipate being able to show these films along with classic movies in a restored Palace Theatre one day soon.

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The Palace Theater, designated in 2006 as a historic landmark by the Texas Historical Commission, is located in downtown Childress. It has been a prominent fixture on our beautiful brick Main Street since 1926 when it was built by F.M. Phipps and G.S. Layton. ( Mr. Phipps began his career as a theater entrepreneur in Childress in 1911) What a great beginning its restoration would be in the rejuvenation of downtown Childress.

Fire destroyed the interior of the Palace in January 1934. Built originally for silent films, it was rebuilt for sound, with seating for 900, and reopened February 25, 1934, at a cost of $15,000. A second fire completely destroyed The Palace in 1935, and the present building in the same location in 1937 at a cost of $50,000.

When The Palace reopened in February 1937, the owners, Mable Phipps, widow of F.M. Phipps, and G.R. Layton, son of G.S. Layton specified that The Palace would be designated to show first run major films.  The new Art Deco theater featured a state of the art sound system and a specially designed screen, complementing the additional luxuries of cushioned seats, carpeted floors and a balcony. 

The Palace Theatre Restoration Project is a volunteer group of local citizens and community leaders dedicated to restoring the Palace Theater to its former grandeur. The goal is not only to restore this treasure because of its place in our community but to breathe new life and purpose into it by renovating it into a center piece for the downtown area. Its use then becomes limitless and a true asset to the Childress downtown and to the surrounding communities as a whole.

Cary Preston - Board President
Shelly Preston - Vice President
Ginger Wilson - Secretary
Kevin Latimer - Treasurer

Contact Us

Childress Theatre Group

P.O. Box 182

Childress, Texas 79201