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End of the line for the Palace West — theater to close by week's end

Palace West Theatres in 2011
Palace West Theatres in 2011 Wichita Eagle

Sunday will be the Warren Palace 8 Theatre's last day in operation, an employee at the theater confirmed Thursday.

The theater at 535 S. Ridge had been the subject of closure rumors since shortly after Warren Theatres sold to Regal Entertainment Group last May.

In January, the Eagle reported that Cracker Barrel is interested in a restaurant location on the Palace site.

On the Regal Cinemas website, no showtimes are listed beyond Sunday at the Palace. The employee on Thursday confirmed, saying "they won't be" updated.

Earlier Thursday, the Textron Aviation Employees Club posted on Facebook that a Palace staffer had informed them earlier in the day the theater would close Sunday. The organization would host free movies every second Saturday at the theater for its employees.

The new AMC Northrock 14 theater just opened in Wichita last Friday.

For years, the stark-pink Palace West has been a popular spot for second-run movies and retro screenings. It was known for its $3.50 movie tickets ($1.50 on Tuesdays).

It opened in the summer of 1989, then offering movies for $1 a ticket.

A sister Palace dollar house — the 10-screen Premiere Palace, nee the Palace East — operated at Kellogg and Greenwich from 1991 to 2007. The Premiere Palace building has since been repurposed as a church.

With the imminent closure of the Palace West, Wichita will officially be without a second-run movie theater.

A message left with Regal's communications team was not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.