Gallatin, Tennessee is the county seat of Sumner County. It was named after United States Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin. As of the year 2019, the population is said to be at 42, 918. Some of the best spots to visit in Gallatin is the Bledsoe Creek State park, the Douglas-Clark House, Historic Rose Mont, Sumner County Museum, and the Palace Theatre.
A photo of downtown Gallatin, Tennessee. (Link: https://www.gallatintn.gov/301/Planning)
Speaking of the Palace Theatre, it is available for viewing movies, but also hosting different events. However, one of the reasons why people visit it is because it is reportedly haunted.
A photo of Palace Theatre in Tennessee. (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_Theater_(Crossville,_Tennessee))
The History of the Palace Theatre
The Palace Theatre first opened in November of 1938. The first movie that was shown there was “If I Were King” of Ronald Colman. It was owned and operated by Bill Roth and it thrived as a community theatre for many years. There was even a time that the Palace Theatre was a focal point at the historic downtown square of Gallatin.
An old photo of Palace Theatre. (Link: https://www.gallatintn.gov/255/Palace-Theatre)
It operated as such until the 1970s but it closed in the year 1978 because a new theatre opened in the area. Later, the Palace theatre became vacant for many years until it was re-opened.
When Roth died in the early 1990s, the Palace Theatre got purchased at an auction by Johnny and Sonny Garrott. They later donated the theatre to Greater Gallatin, an organization, and it was subsequently renovated. The Palace Theatre is actually the oldest silent movie theatre that still stands to this day in the State of Tennessee.
More on the renovation of the Palace Theatre, the organization was a able to raise funds amounting to more than $100,000. The organization likewise received a grant amounting to $300,000. Seven years after the donation and the renovation, the Palace Theatre was opened to the public. In the year 2013, the 100th anniversary of the theatre was celebrated.
One of the performances at the Palace Theatre. (Link: https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g54986-d9872273-i174032708-The_Palace_Theatre-Crossville_Tennessee.html)
The Ghosts At Palace Theatre
One of the ghosts that is said to frequent the Palace Theatre is the former owner, Roth. A group of paranormal investigators called Tennessee Wraith Chasers went to check out the Palace Theatre together with a local news crew. Accordingly, during their visit, they caught some chilling material to prove that Roth’s spirit remains to roam around the theatre.
A photo taken from the stage of the Palace Theatre. (Link: https://www.downtowngallatin.com/the-palace-theatre)
Some of the material recorded included unexplained audio and video anomalies in and around the Palace Theatre. One of the investigators shared, “A lot of the EVPs that we’ve caught are right here in this auditorium and it seems to go from the auditorium to up here to the projector room.” Some of the investigators then asked questions to Roth and one of which was what was his favourite actor. The response seems to say, “Clark Gable.” The said actor was often referred to as the King of Hollywood.
As for the paranormal video documentation the team got, they captured an action wherein a flashlight turned off when it was commanded to be turned off.
One of the investigators said they believe that Roth continues to be in the theatre because he loved it so much. After all, he purchased it for his daughter. The investigator continued, “…he didn’t want to see the show end, you know he wants the movie to go on.”
Another group of paranormal investigators claimed that Roth’s sprit could be seen by the projector or somewhere else in the balcony ever since the Palace Theatre re-opened in the year 2000.
Roth is actually very playful because he is believed to be responsible for rolling candy across the floor in the theatre even if no one is there. He also shuts the large garage door at the side of the stage and flushes the toilets and runs the water in the sinks when no one else is in the bathroom.
The Palace Theatre at night. (Link: http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc36837.php)