History of the Vinton Palace Theatre

The Palace in earlier years. The theater 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 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.




Welcome to the new Vinton Palace Theatre. Opened in November 1999, it hosts the latest movies and houses plays by ACT I of Benton County.

The interior of the new theatre can seat 161 people on the main floor and 50 in the balcony. Full service features include a snack bar, state of the art sound and projection system, and accomodations for the hearing impaired and for patrons in wheel chairs.

As you can see, there is now a balcony in the theatre. The seats in the balcony were donated by the Jehovah's Witnesses.

The screen is able to roll up and provide a place for ACT I of Benton County to host plays. It can also be used for many other special events. You may want to contact managers@vintonpalace.org to discuss any questions you may have about using the theatre for your special event.

Roll the Credits

Palace Theatre Managers

  • Gerald and Marcy Horst

Gerald and Marcy Horst have lived in Vinton for over 20 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.

  • Mert Alpers
  • Ron Baldwin
  • Tony Bopp
  • Abby Cronk
  • Charlie Cronk
  • Judy Wright
  • Allan Merchant
  • Nathan Hesson
  • Ashley Hesson
  • Aaron Pingenot
  • Grant Sagan
  • Nolan Sagan
  • Alan Woodhouse

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