Palace Theatre

1564 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 26, 2017 at 1:47 pm

During that last renovation, they scrapped the original Seventh Ave facade entirely (marquee and office building above the entry foyer included) and incorporated it into the facade of the new high rise hotel that was constructed above and around the theater at the corner of W 47th. So, a recreation of the original marquee is probably not in the cards. It would actually look entirely incongruous with the rest of the facade, frankly.

Mikeoaklandpark on October 26, 2017 at 1:21 pm

I still think the idea is stupid. Bigjoe59 I know they did a lot of renovations while they were closed from 88-91. I still would like to see the prior marquees restored

bigjoe59 on October 26, 2017 at 12:06 pm


to lazydave- why can’t they simply renovate the Palace to its original condition as is? otherwise I have this picture in my head of the theater collapsing onto 7th Avenue.

lazydave on October 25, 2017 at 5:44 pm

Haven’t seen any reports since 2015 about the proposed renovation, but apparently the project is still alive. Unlike others who have commented, I quite like the proposal. The only part of the original Palace still extant is the auditorium, and it will be not only preserved but also restored to its original condition. So what if it is raised 29 feet? Retail space at street level in that area is enormously valuable, so it makes perfect sense for the owners to access that value. It is wonderful that they are willing to invest big bucks to save the Palace for ages to come.

DavidZornig on August 29, 2017 at 7:42 pm

1940 photo added courtesy of David Kroger.

Mikeoaklandpark on December 27, 2016 at 3:55 am

Thank you HDTV267. Awesome history of a great theater.

DavidZornig on November 18, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Circa 1926 photo added, credit Duke University Collection.

Mikeoaklandpark on January 29, 2016 at 1:15 pm

NYer I agree 100% about the marquee.

robboehm on January 29, 2016 at 7:59 am

Concept boggles the mind.

vindanpar on January 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm

This makes so much sense when the retail space can go above it instead. Even if this succeeds what are the long term consequences for such an old building? Nobody has any idea. For God’s sake why can’t they leave the theater as it is?

Miserable wretched Ed Koch who did everything he could to destroy the Morosco and Helen Hayes(not to mention the Gaiety, Astor and Bijou)must be dancing a jig in hell.

DavidZornig on November 25, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Current article about expansion plans. Requires an e-mail sign-in to access.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

I’ll be here Wednesday night for An American in Paris.

Kind of bittersweet…

DavidZornig on November 16, 2015 at 1:20 pm

1920’s photo added courtesy of the What Was There website. Fade from then to Now on website below.!/ll/40.759449,-73.985184/id/19195/info/sv/zoom/14/

DavidZornig on October 21, 2015 at 9:23 pm

1929 photo added courtesy of the Duke University Collection.

1938 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page. B.F. Keith’s Palace marquee.

DavidZornig on October 19, 2015 at 9:39 am

1953 photo added, photo credit Samuel Gottscho.

DavidZornig on October 2, 2015 at 6:24 pm

1978 photo added courtesy of the NYC 1950 to Present Facebook page.

DavidZornig on September 4, 2015 at 2:58 pm

1953 photo added, photo credit Frank Larson.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 2, 2014 at 5:22 am

So loved the old marquee. I wish during the renovation they would have kept it.

Cimarron on May 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Uploaded pic of Palace night time view with large waiting crowd for All Star Show

techman707 on March 24, 2013 at 8:33 am

Happy Birthday, Palace Theatre….at least what’s left of it….and the air space that WAS above it.

LouRugani on March 24, 2013 at 4:21 am

Today, Sunday, March 24, 2013, marks the Centennial anniversary of New York’s PALACE Theatre.

techman707 on March 11, 2013 at 7:51 am

The really beautiful marquee on the Palace was replaced MANY years ago. Although it was still an “RKO” type marquee that used translucent letters on black squares, it didn’t have that beautiful raised rounded center (sigh). The smaller imitation of the original Paramount marquee has that nice look. I guess plain old SQUARE is cheaper for a replacement.

Mikeoaklandpark on March 11, 2013 at 7:35 am

The building had apartments in the upper floors. It is showcased in the original movie Fame. When they built the hotel the only thing that was left of the Palace was the auditorium. The lobby and enterance with the old beautiful marquee was all torn down.The theater was closed for at least 4-5 years. It was reopened in 1991 with The Will Rogers Follies.

techman707 on March 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

You’re just confirming what I’m saying. However, it wasn’t just the “upper floors”. It started above the top of the Bowery Bank. The window in the picture was added AFTERWARDS. Nederlander had offices up there. When I did the installation in the temporary booth for the 70mm runs of Ben Hur and Mr Chips I looked through the building (including all the dressing rooms).