Before I learned of this event, I actually wasn’t aware that the Palace Arts Center had been restored only 10 years ago. We’ve lived in Grapevine just a little under 10 years so we just missed the unveiling. I’m so glad someone thought to undertake this project and save this great old structure! Imagine if it had been torn down – on the other hand, don’t.
This 10th anniversary event will be held on November 18 at the Palace Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the following:
- VIP recognitions (I’d love to get a glimpse of who is considered a VIP in Grapevine – or maybe BE a VIP in Grapevine one day. Hey, we can dream).
- University of North Texas jazz band
- Rocky Gribble
- Showing of The Great McGinty, a great classic movie from the 1940s
- Refreshments – of course.
Just for a bit of history – the Palace Theater was opened in 1940 and was a highly rated attraction for years. However, in the late 1990s, it had fallen into disrepair, had no businesses occupying it, and was likely to be torn down. Thankfully, a number of organizations including the Grapevine Convention and Visitors’ Bureau saw the building’s potential and organized a total restoration of it as well as the Buckner Grocery Store next door. The redone Palace Arts Center including the Palace Theatre and Lancaster Theatre reopened in 2001. Since then, it has hosted many events and become a fixture in the historic downtown area.
We personally love to go to the movies at the PAC, not to mention the other events that happen there regularly. This anniversary celebration will be a great way to express thankfulness (hey, it is November) for yet another great asset to the city of Grapevine.
For tickets or more information on this celebration, visit the Palace Theatre online or call 817-410-3100.