Historic Palace Theatre Upgrades Balcony Seating

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on January 20, 2016 at 1:43 pm

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The ‘Union Leader’ reports that Manchester’s historic Palace Theatre is upgrading its balcony seating.

The view from the balcony at the Palace Theatre is improving. The historic venue is replacing the old balcony seats with about 300 new ones that are larger, more comfortable and designed for theater patrons viewing a performance from the second level.

The balcony seating is the latest major upgrade at the Palace, which just celebrated its centennial last spring and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Palace replaced the main level seats in the summer of 2012, when capacity increased by 33 seats when a computer grid allowed planners to maximize the limited floor space.

The balcony project will actually reduce the capacity slightly, but improve the experience for patrons by upgrading the comfort level, Ramsey said.

Alex Walker, chairman of the Palace board of trustees, credited Ramsey with seeing through the many projects and upgrades to the downtown treasure. “We decided five years ago that we needed to raise $3.5 million to make major changes at the Palace,” Ramsey said. “We just closed the campaign about a month ago and we raised $4 million. We were very successful all because of the board of trustees. They did a fabulous job.”

Read the Union leader article here: http://www.unionleader.com/Historic-Palace-Theatre-upgrades-balcony-seating

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Comments (6)

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on January 21, 2016 at 8:21 am

Here we go again. There are Manchesters in 11 different states and one in the UK. All have theatres, past and present. I had to copy and paste the link to determine that this theatre is in New Hampshire.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 21, 2016 at 11:36 am

The THS transfers these news stories to CT from their on-line newsletter. Doesn’t anyone there read them? Do they think that readers know in what city the Union Leader newspaper is located? The lead sentence should say “The Manchester NH Union Leader…” Then readers would know that the story is about the Palace in Manchester NH. Basic journalism.

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on January 21, 2016 at 12:43 pm

I guess you aren’t following the presidential race. The Manchester Unio Leader is the most influential leader in presidential race for many years. I do believe that somebody should have put New Hampshire in the text.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 22, 2016 at 10:39 am

Yes, because only a real “political Junkie” from outside New Hampshire would have ever heard of the Manchester Union Leader, a paper infamous many years ago for its blatant racism (since cleaned up). The fact remains that these news stories should have the city, and state/province/country on them. There have been complaints posted here in CT several times in the past but no one seems to have read them.

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