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Palace Theater

1564 Broadway

2 hours 25 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission

November 8, 2012 (Open-Ended)

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Designed by the architects Kirchoff & Rose, the theater was built for the California vaudeville entrepreneur turned Broadway impresario - Martin Beck, of the Martin Beck Theater fame, in 1913. The Palace Theater reached its peak as part of the Keith-Albee vaudeville circuit, with Beck practically losing control of his theater to E. F. Albee. Those were the days of the vaudeville, but such acts were already on the decline, and vaudeville was practically dead during the depression era.

The theater opened on March 24, 1913, and on August 18 the same year, the great Ethel Barrymore appeared on its stage in Civilization. From 1915 to 1920, the stage at the theater saw great stars, such as Bert and Bertie Wheeler, Weber and Fields, Harry Houdini, Ruth St Denis, George Rockwell, Sarah Bernhardt, Irving Berlin, Leon Errol, Helen Keller, Sophie Tucker, and Emma Carus, to name just a few.

In the next five years, from 1921 to 1925, Sophie Tucker, and Weber and Fields were back. In 1924, Jack Benny made his Palace debut, and after 20 years away from the stage, in 1925, Fay Templeton made an appearance at the theater. Many other great stars of the time, as well as future stars, made their appearances on the stage up till 1932, when the venue became a through-and-through movie house for the next three and a half decades.

Judith Anderson, George Burns and Helen Morgan debuted in 1926. Bob Hope and Ethel Merman debuted in 1930. Others who came on the stage of the Palace Theater, then, were Will Mahoney, Ken Murray, Morgan and Mack, Ethel Waters, Al Jolson, Jimmy Durante, Ted Lewis and Eddie Cantor, among others.

The After Years

In 1965, the Nederlanders bought the theater, renovated it, and after nearly three and half decades as a movie house ,in 1966, reopened as a legitimate theater with the musical, Sweet Charity. Judy Garland, ‘one of the most remarkable personalities of the contemporary entertainment field,’ as per The New York Times, appeared at the theater for the vaudeville - At Home at the Palace. Superstars, such as Bette Midler, Josephine Baker, Shirley MacLaine and Diana Ross, made personal appearances during the 1970s.

The Theater never looked back, and presented many plays and musicals that won Tony Awards, such as Bob Fosse's choreography for Sweet Charity; Choreographer Joe Layton for George M in 1968; Lauren Bacall for best musical actress, and Ron Field for direction and choreography for Applause in 1970; Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, Adolph Green for music, and Tommy Tune for direction and choreography for The Will Rogers Follies in 1991; among others.


The Palace Theater has always been a venue for great shows, and the theater tickets always in great demand.

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