When the owners of the Talent Factory comedy club in Nevada, Iowa began renovating their third floor, they opened up the floorboards to reveal a wallet. How could this be? That floor had not been opened to the public since they renovated the theater into the comedy club that it was today. When they opened the wallet, they couldn’t believe what they came across!
The Palace Theater
The Talent Factory opened in 1913 as The Palace Theater. Admission was only one dime. They played movies and even had their own pianist to go along with the silent films. The Palace Theater closed in 1928 due to competing theaters. It had reopened later under new ownership and was popular in the small town. It went through many different eras and owners until it’s current state as a comedy club.
The Talent Factory
Redoing The Upper Floors
Owner Larry Sloan wanted to redo the upper floors in order to get more people fitting in the large theater. The comedy theater was doing well and he wanted to be able to maximize patronage. When they began construction, they found a wallet wedged in the floorboards, which doesn’t seem too crazy, until they actually started piecing things together…