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Pal Theatre - Fairfax, SC

Jasper County Record - June 20, 1962

Comment: April 3, 2010

I grew up in Fairfax. My family moved there in 1972. I remember the theater building very well as it was a large Grey structure virtually in the middle of town right in front of a major intersection for road AND rail.

Unfortunately the theater was never in operation the entire time I lived there (since 1972). I do not know when it opened and I do not know when it closed but it would have been nice to have had a theater in town. The nearest open theater was about 15 miles south in Hampton.

I have just been browsing Google street views and notice that I could not find the signature (plain old ugly) building. It looks like it may have been demolished.

A. Sterling

From: The Augusta Chronicle
March 16, 1936

Talent Contest Won By Miss M’Sweeney

Miss Marjorie McSweeney, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Stuckey, and granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. F.H. Boyd, of Allendale, received a cash award as first prize over 28 other contestants in an amateur talent contest at the Pal Theatre in Fairfax this week. Her name will be submitted to a New York theatrical agency which conducts a “Search for Talent” every year. Her number, a song and tap-dance, brought down the house with applause.

Second prize went to Maurice Rae Loadholt, Fairfax, crooner with Walker Smith’s orchestra. Little Frances Stone, six year old Gifford girl won the third prize with a ballet number.

Miss Maroma Sanders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Sanders of Fairfax, was judged the winner of first prize with the title of “Queen of Stars” in the Star Mimic contest. She impersonated Irene Dunn.

How can a theater that was operating in 1936 have a "Grand Opening" in 1962?

We hope to find out when the Pal Theatre opened, where it was located, when it closed, and who owned and operated it. We know it was in operation in 1936, from the article above that was published in The Augusta Chronicle that year. and in 1945, because it is listed in the 1945 Edition of Film Daily Yearbook. But, the advertisement from the Jasper County Record indicates it had a "Grand Opening" in June, 1962. Was it closed for a period between 1945 and 1962?

We would love to hear from anyone who remembers going to the Pal Theatre. The personal stories are often the best source of information about what the theatre meant to the Fairfax community.

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