Palace Theater, Crossville, TN

Palace Theatre
Canon PowerShot S95

My sons and I spent one Spring Break in a cabin at Cumberland Mountain State Park near Crossville, Tennessee. We went into town one evening to see what was up, and we came upon this gorgeous theatre sign lit.

The Palace opened in 1938 as a first-run movie theater. It operated that way until 1978 when growing competition forced it to close. It was restored in the early 2000s to be a community center and event venue.

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single frame: Palace Theatre

The Palace Theater’s sign in Crossville, TN.

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A gratuitous shot of a neon sign, because there’s always room for more neon on the Internet

My sons and I explored Crossville, the small Tennessee town closest to our cabin in the woods, one afternoon. We drank chocolate malts at a real drug-store soda fountain and then walked the main drag. The proudest site on the street is this theater.

Palace Theater, Crossville, TN

As we drove through one evening in search of dinner, we found the sign lit. Isn’t it glorious?

Palace Theater, Crossville, TN

My uninterested sons stayed in the car while I shot this. Pity. By the time they’re my age, all the neon will probably be gone.

I stopped to photograph some lit neon in Logansport, Indiana, one evening a couple years ago. Check it out.

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