Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Palace Theatre, 201 S. Main Street, McAllen, TX 78501

Uploaded on June 11, 2012, a chrome postcard of South Main Street, in McAllen Texas, is my most popular theatre post on Flickr.

As of August 6, 2013, it has been viewed 9,472 times. The reasons for the card's popularity totally eludes me. No one has chosen it as a favorite. The only comment states "mcallen Texas 1954," the same information included in the caption.

What separates this Main Street from all the others I have on Flickr? Does the Palace Theatre evoke that many memories or is it the street itself?

As concerns the Palace, according to author M. D. John Loomis, it was "one of two theaters in the Anglo part of town" and would not allow Mexicans ( Wandering Heart: A Gay Men's Journey).

Postcard part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2013. 

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