About Us

Palace Theatre Managers

  • Gerald and Marcy Horst

Gerald and Marcy Horst have lived in Vinton for over 25 years. They became the Palace Theatre managers in June of 2006 after many years of attending movies and participating on and off stage with ACT I of Benton County. Gerald and Marcy thoroughly enjoy working with the friendly staff members and volunteers at the theatre, but say their absolute favorite Palace perks are sold out shows and popcorn with butter!

Palace Theatre Board of Trustees

Dedicated trustee members, Mossman, Kerdus, Ketchen, Hilliard, Martens and Woodhouse are tireless supporters of the arts in Benton County. These gentlemen regularly give of their time and talent to uphold the Palace Theatre’s long tradition of affordable, quality entertainment in Vinton.

  • Mark Mossman
  • Dick Kerdus
  • John Ketchen
  • Jim Hilliard
  • Doug Martens
  • Alan Woodhouse

Palace Theatre Staff

Palace Theatre Staff Members are committed to ensuring that our patrons enjoy a comfortable and entertaining big screen movie experience. They’ll assist you in finding just the right seat, carry your treats, and happily replace any spilled pop or popcorn absolutely free of charge.

  • Abby Cronk
  • Charlie Cronk
  • Madi Atkinson
  • Allan Merchant

Palace Theatre Volunteers

History of the Palace Theatre, Vinton, IA


The Palace in earlier years. The theatre opened October 14, 1915 with silent pictures and live traveling performers.



Photos by past owner H.S. Waldorf. Far right is probably before the 1932 fire. Interior photos taken after the fire show hand-painted Spanish murals on the walls. Far right is the oldest photo of the exterior.


The Palace Theatre of bygone days seated 500 people on the main floor and sometimes sold out two showings a night. The lobby was very small, there was no backstage area or balcony seating.



The Palace Thetare closed in the early 1970s. The building then served as a variety of businesses including a fitness center. In the mid 1990s the board members of ACT I of Benton County, including Lu Karr and Julie Zimmer, began an initiative to reopen the theatre for both movies and live stage productions. More than $500,000 was rasied by the community and through local grants to fully renovate and re-open the Palace in November of 1999.The Palace now plays first-run movies every night of the week and partners with ACT I of Benton County to stage community theatre productions three or four times a year.


Original managers of the newly renovated Palace Theatre were Lu Karr and Jan McLeod. The managed the theatre with a team of several projectionists for the first five years. 

In 2005, Kim and Dave Staab took over the management.

The interior of the new theatre seated 161 people on the main floor and 50 in the balcony. Full service features include a snack bar, state of the art sound and 35 mm projection system,  accomodations for the hearing impaired, and full handicap accessibility.


The Palace Theatre in November of 1999.


At that time the movie screen was able to roll up to allow for ACT I of Benton County community theatre productions.