The Palace theatre opened in November of 1938 and played an important part in the lives of many people and the community. It hosted entertainment events that featured Grand Ole Opry stars and was the site for scrap metal drives and the sale of War Bonds during World War II.
When the doors of the Palace Theatre closed in 1978, the roof and the windows of the stately old theatre began to go. In 1983 a small group of prominent Crossville residents known as Cumberland Heritage began to push for the renovation of the Palace Theatre, but they were just a bit ahead of their time.
Another small group of citizens known as Downtown Crossville, Inc. (DCI) spearheaded the drive in the 1990’s to save what some still called, “the jewel of Main Street” even though it had fallen onto very hard times. The City of Crossville purchased the Palace Theatre property in 1993 at DCI’s urging. In 1994, the theatre earned a listing on the National Historic Register.
In 1996, DCI had pushed hard enough that the Crossville City Council approved a bond referendum that went before Crossville voters in November of that year. The people of Crossville voted 2 to 1 to approve the money to restore the theatre as a community auditorium.
Even though the funding referendum passed, the theatre was not yet saved as bids came in higher than the funds available but a grant through the Tennessee Department of Transportation helped with another $234,000 that came in just days before a deadline set by council.
Donations from several corporations, construction work by students and instructors of the Tennessee Technology Center and other local supporters finally got the theatre finished and a grand reopening ceremony was held in February 2001, Crossville's Centennial year. The Palace is fully restored now and is a multi-use community auditorium and visitors' center.
Originally the Palace was intended to be an entertainment center and has stayed true to that historic vision, featuring live entertainment in variety of musical styles. The Palace hosts concerts of Jazz, Blues, Country, Bluegrass and Rock just to name a few.
The Palace provided the public with a distraction from everyday life to the public during the difficult war years and still provides a high quality "something to do" for fun seekers of all ages in the Crossville, Cumberland Plateau and the East TN area.
The newly renovated auditorium and premium sound system ensure that you will enjoy whatever show you see here. Still, the Palace Theatre is not only what it used to be, it is much more. The Palace is also a wonderfully functional community center, meeting hall and multi-media facility, suitable for sales or training presentations, committee meetings or even regional trade shows.