Palace Theatre

1564 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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uncleal923 on May 20, 2005 at 3:50 pm

When did the Palace become a Broadway Theatre?

RobertR on May 20, 2005 at 8:50 am

Here is a marquee shot from the movie years.

teecee on April 14, 2005 at 1:10 pm

Filming location for All That Jazz (1979).

DonRosen on January 16, 2005 at 1:54 am

Yes. Ben-Hur ran on two shows a day for a few months at the Palace during a re-release, followed by the roadshow of GOODBYE MR. CHIPS.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 15, 2005 at 5:37 pm


Was there a roadshow re-release of Ben Hur? I remember seing it in my suburban L.A. neighborhood theater before I graduated from high school in 1962.

DonRosen on January 15, 2005 at 5:22 pm

Robert R…

VALLEY OF THE DOLLS played at the Criterion in 1967. The Palace reopened as a movie Theatre in 1969 with a double bill of A STRANGER IN TOWN and THE STRANGER RETURNS. Soon after, BEN-HUR roadshowed here in 1969.

Dorothy on December 19, 2004 at 3:37 am

According to a friend her parents vaudeville act The Parisian Four performed here along with Burnes & Allen.. they also did the circuits of Balabum & Katz and Pantages.. starting out in theatres approx 1918 (pre vaudeville) and continuing up to about 1940 in various venues

irajoel on December 11, 2004 at 7:10 am

As a child in the 50’s I went to the Palace several times. Vaudeville was still being done as late as 1956. I saw Four Girls in Town and remember some tacky vaudeville acts were also on the bill. Also remember seeing two reserved seats pics there The Diary Of Anne Frank and Judgment At Nuremberg. The other big reserve seat film at the time of Judgement was West Side Story at the Rivoli. The last time I went to the palace was in 67 to see Judy Garland.

uncleal923 on November 22, 2004 at 7:48 pm

I went to see Beauty and the Beast at the Palace after it first opened. I met someone there from, I think, Playbill Magazine. He told me that the Doubletree Hotel, or whatever they call it nowadays, that was built over the theater does not touch the theater’s roof. I think that’s a real feat of engineering.

RobertR on September 15, 2004 at 8:13 pm

I was recently here again to see AIDA. This place is maintained immaculately. This is one of the few theatres that New York should be proud of.

ERD on June 24, 2004 at 8:15 pm

As I child, I remember going to the Palace and seeing movies with the 8 act vaudeville shows. Later on I saw many musicals at this theatre. I also recall sitting in the top balcony-which like many other theatres of that era was known as the “nose bleed” section. What a difference experience as compared to sitting the in the orchestra! How fortunate a way was found to save this theatre- even though the original facade was destroyed.

RobertR on April 9, 2004 at 9:02 am

Wow I never heard that before, I do know that one time I walked up to that very top balcony which I believe has not been used since La Cage Aux Folles was selling out. It was sooooooo high up and only offered a parrtial view. I am trying to recall if the booth was above or below that level.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 8, 2004 at 2:34 pm

The first movie I ever saw in New York was at the Palace, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK in August, 1959.

RobertR on April 8, 2004 at 10:35 am

One of the first attempts to return the Palace to its live roots happened in 1951. Sid Luft booked Judy Garland who had recently been let go by MGM for a 4 week engagement of concerts. Not only did Judy sell out those 4 weeks, the run was extended 26 weeks to sold out mobs. This is considered the engagement that turned Judy Garland from a movie star into a living legend. Judy returned again in 1956 and again finally in 1967. She always considered The Palace home, in fact her last run there was called “Judy Garland At Home At The Palace”. As far as movies go, they played on and off until the late 60’s. Valley of The Dolls did sellout business here in the Christmas of 1967. Across the street Fox had a billboard that was advertising the film for months. Judgement at Nuremberg may also have opened here a few years earlier in a reserved seat roadshow.

SethLewis on March 31, 2004 at 6:43 am

There were a couple of attempts to revive the theatre as a movie house in the 70s…Saw Gone with the Wind here with my dad…the perfect setting