Sat Nov 12th

6pm — 11pm

Come join paranormal investigators as they guide you through the historic 97-year-old Palace Theater in Marlin, Texas on a live ghost hunt! Learn how to use the tools of the trade as well as tips and techniques for a successful and ethical investigation. Doors open at 6pm.

Sat Jan 28th 2023

11am- 1pm

Enjoy a Mardi Gras-themed style show and meal in the historic Palace Theatre. The style show will feature dresses from the archive of the Palace Theatre. Lights, Music, Mardi Gras!

March 25th 2023

6pm — 9pm

Come enjoy a rockin’ evening with Elvis at the historic Palace Theatre in Marlin, Texas! Doors open at 6PM. Concessions, water and soft drinks will be available – BYOB. General Admission, No Reserved Seating.

sat oct 29th

Doors Open at 6pm

The Palace Theatre is now one of only three working theaters in the state of Texas that offers live theater organ accompaniment to silent movies. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a silent film released the same year as the Palace Theatre was built.

oct 7,8 & 14,15

6pm — 9pm

Mark you calendars and get ready to laugh and enjoy another fabulous BYOB dinner show.

Sat July 23rd

2pm — 3pm


The one-hour multi-media program combines live music, a video montage with archival photographs and interviews of survivors, and a dramatic reading of the 2012 novel “Riders on the Orphan Train” by award-winning author Alison Moore.

Sat June 25th

6pm — 9pm

Order online or pay at the door. Doors open at 6PM. Concessions, water and soft drinks will be available – BYOB. General Admission, No Reserved Seating. Made possible in part through support from the City of Marlin Tourism and Marketing Department.
The Cookbook


Help the Palace Theatre celebrate 95 years by purchasing a keepsake cookbook. Filled with recipes and photos from the past six dinner theater productions held at the Palace Theatre!

Each recipe book comes with a water-resistant, three-ring binder.

New sections of recipes will be released twice a year, one new section after each dinner theater. You’ll be able to continue collecting recipes for many years to come.


The Palace Theatre is a historic movie house turned community theater offering stage productions and dinner theaters in the heart of Downtown Marlin, Texas.

In 1912, the “Majestic” was built where the Palace now stands.

Back then Heritage Row was called Railroad Street and the first movie shown in the Majestic was Birth of a Nation.

Purchased in 1924 by J.C. Chatmas, Sr., the Majestic was in need of renovation.

Because of the poor condition and the cost of renovation, Mr. Chatmas decided to tear down the old Majestic and start over. So, in 1925, the Palace Theatre was born.

Movie lovers from all over Falls County thronged to the Palace which remained popular until Mr. Chatmas’ death in 1966. For 50 years the Palace never changed ownership. It remained in operation by the Chatmas family until they decided to close the doors in 1975. Five years passed, and in 1980 the Chatmas family donated the theater to the First Presbyterian Church of Marlin.

Pictured: J.C. “Popsy” Chatmas (right) and Casey Kosmoroski in front of the Palace Theatre, 1963.

Then, in 1981, the Marlin Palace Theatre Center, Inc. a non-profit corporation, was formed to care for the building. Restoration began with necessary funds coming from a variety of programs, fund raisers and friends and patrons. More recently, roof repairs have been made, the electrical system has been updated, new seating has been installed and improvements have been made to the audio and lighting systems.

Today the Palace Theatre is used for stage productions, dinner theaters, concerts, recitals, style shows, and movies. The seating capacity of the Palace Theatre is 350.

The Majestic Theater in approximately 1912. The Majestic Theater was an all-wood structure and was torn down to build the all brick and masonry “fireproof” Palace Theatre.

The Palace Theatre in 2019 after new sidewalks were installed thanks to the City of Marlin and a grant from the state of Texas.