Palace Theatre

19 Clinton Avenue,
Albany, NY 12207

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Kris4077
Kris4077 on October 21, 2013 at 10:15 am

Palace is a definite fit for this theater, it is truly like a Palace, it is palacial in size and decore. I think it sad to see not only theaters but all manor of old buildings in such states of disrepair and neglect, instead of preserving the buildings of this era of time we just let them rot away. It is such a shame we could have so many more beautiful examples such as proctors, but through selfishness and greed we let them deteriorate until we cannot save them.

Patsy
Patsy on August 25, 2012 at 7:34 am

Tinseltoes: Great photo you posted on 7/21/2010. In October a group called Straight No Chaser will take to the Palace stage!

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 28, 2010 at 8:55 am

An article on Fabian’s Palace, with photos, appeared in Boxoffice magazine, August 7, 1961:
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ordway1440
ordway1440 on May 15, 2010 at 11:54 am

A few years ago, someone SOMEWHERE on the web posted pictures of the Palace Projection booth that were taken in the 80’s showing the OLD booth before restoration with the old 1950’s era RCA equipment. Anyone have any idea where these pictures appeared? Dozens of Google searches have given me nothing.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 9, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Cool history and photos.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on July 24, 2009 at 10:20 am

This 1951 photo comes courtesy of LIFE …
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gd14lawn
gd14lawn on June 29, 2009 at 9:50 pm

As a lifelong Albany resident I was thrilled with the renovation of the Palace. I saw a couple of movies there as a kid (including Bambi)and have enjoyed many, many concerts there through the years. Unfortunately, someone ran a car into the front doors at least a year ago and half of the front doors were boarded up. I don’t understand why they have not been repaired yet. Could they plan on leaving this beautiful theater with half the entrance covered in plywood? Also, there are some areas of peeling paint in the theater. Whoever did the restoration should have to come back and repair what has not held up. It would be a shame to let the theater fall back into disrepair.

nritota
nritota on January 1, 2009 at 11:03 am

The Palace hosted many a concert in the late 70’s and into the 80’s. Devo, the Tubes, Elvis Costello as well as comedy acts. The back stage area is also enlarged to accomodate larger road show engagements. Of course, Proctors in Schenectady added to it’s back stage to promote larger Broadways tours.

Patsy
Patsy on November 20, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Lost: You know, I have to admit that I was wondering the same thing as Warren G. Harris! Where are all of those “misterboo” contributions as I haven’t seen a single one either! :)

Patsy
Patsy on November 20, 2008 at 5:49 am

It is only right to give credit where credit is due! Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 19, 2008 at 9:18 pm

I think LaMotta won that fight.

Patsy
Patsy on November 19, 2008 at 8:17 pm

You are always welcome, my theatre friend! :–)

Patsy
Patsy on November 19, 2008 at 8:00 pm

“misterboo”: Thanks!

Patsy
Patsy on November 19, 2008 at 7:48 pm

ken mc: Great b/w photo of the original marquee. The present marquee is similar though the electronic look changes it, imo.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 19, 2008 at 3:31 pm

Here is a 1951 photo from a new collection of Life Magazine images on Google:
http://tinyurl.com/5tmmuv

Patsy
Patsy on October 28, 2008 at 11:00 am

Thanks. I have visited this theatre, but had forgotten the EBERSON connection!

ERD
ERD on October 28, 2008 at 9:10 am

re: theatre organ
Patty, perhaps this person could help you: Christopher Gould, Operations Director / Production Coordinator of the Palace theatre
(518) 465-3335 Ext 123

MPol
MPol on July 15, 2008 at 8:07 pm

The Albany Palace Theatre is another beautiful theatre, very baroque-looking inside, yet a little bit old-looking, too, which is one of the beauties of movie palaces like this. I drove out to Albany from Boston to see a screening of the film “West Side Story”, and had a wonderful time. After the movie, I spent the night at the nearby Hampton Inn Suites, and then headed home the next day. after exploring the city for a little while.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on April 30, 2008 at 7:27 pm

The latest issue of Theatre Historical Society’s MARQUEE MAGAZINE features a photo and short bio of this theater in a travel feature spotlighting the Berkshires.

Go to www.historictheatres.org to join THS or order back issues.

Patsy
Patsy on April 6, 2008 at 6:00 pm

ERD: Your post of May 26, 2006 mentions a George Kansas though their website doesn’t seem to list him now. Who would be the correct person to contact about a possible organ for this theatre?

Patsy
Patsy on April 6, 2008 at 3:46 pm

I will be taking a phone call from Dennis tomorrow, April 7th so please email me at as I couldn’t contact you with no email address on your profile page as happens more times than I care to recall with so many CT members. This Opus 1616 organ saga is like putting together pieces of a puzzle and eventually the pieces will all come together…I hope with the help of D. Unks. BTW, I went on very informative Wurlitzer site that Bob Jensen, who is in Chicago, posted on the Paramount Theatre link and was able to track Opus 1616 from the Paramount to Dennis via a couple of other destinations before it reached its final location in PA. Please title your email to me OPUS 1616.

tomdelay
tomdelay on April 6, 2008 at 1:21 pm

I am aware of that instrument, opus 1616. Does Dennis have it for sale?

As to the organ being removed from the Palace in the mid ‘60s…it takes no brains to figure out why it was sold: $$$$$.$$

It was sold right out from under the folks who put in gobs of hard work to get the organ playable again.

Patsy
Patsy on April 6, 2008 at 6:52 am

“The original 4/20 (non Publix) Wurlitzer was removed in the mid 1960s. It was playable when removed.”

Why was this Wurlitzer organ removed when it was playable when removed?? Today it would be such an important part of the theatre and its history if it were still there. And did it come out of the stage floor as some did??

Patsy
Patsy on April 6, 2008 at 6:48 am

Tom Delay: Do you personally think that the Palace would be interested in installing another organ? If so, I know the whereabouts of an Wurlitzer organ….Opus 1616.

tomdelay
tomdelay on April 5, 2008 at 4:38 pm

The original 4/20 (non Publix) Wurlitzer was removed in the mid 1960s. It was playable when removed.

It was sold to an organ broker by the name of Doug Erdman. He sold the organ to Carsten Hennigsen who was going to install the organ in a new “Pizza Joynt” restaurant in Northern CA that never came to pass.

When Carsten passed away several years ago, the organ was sold to David Packard and is gradually being installed in the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto to replace the 3/20 assembled (parts) Wurlitzer that was installed in 1986 or so for the theatre’s reopening.

It will be a superb installation when completed. Most of the pipework and percussions are already up and playing from the present 3 manual console (from Graumann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywierd.) The 4 manual console from the Palace is the next phase so the entire organ will be playing as a complete unit. All this work was done in stages as the Stanford organ is used just about every time the theatre is open.