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The fire began in the back of the building, spread to the front and consumed the roof. It then grew rapidly, sending balls of flame 50 feet high.

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Fire closes historic Old Town Palace Theater for good

The Old Town Palace Theater would have closed one day anyway with the growing threat of competition from multi-screen theater complexes, but it was the last of many Old Town Cottonwood fires that suddenly closed the curtain the final time Dec. 8, 1998.