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i remember from old setlists of the ct band known as max creek, they played here regularly and everytime i’m there i try to figure out by the architecture. there’s a place further up on the left in the plaza whose facade looks like a marquee. this health food store is called Edge of the Woods.
i also remember a theater in new haven called the great american music hall, like the one in san francisco. i believe there was one in waterbury too.
the last movie i saw here was saving private ryan in 1997? the movie sign is still there and yes there is a hotel on its site. i remember it showing 2 films and it closed in 1999. it was spacious and comfortable.
i live down the street from the palace and the empress. my friends have owned the empress club and studio for 5 years (the venue is under the orginal stage).
the palace is owned by slumlord, Joe Dasilva. that may be libel, but it’s the truth, spouted by many a tenant under him and i used to be his tenant.
he’s owned it for many years and refuses to sell it to the city for any price. we need it for a performing arts center/community center but he won’t sell. what good can he be getting from an abandoned building that he refuses or to do anything with? there was a tour of the place a few years ago and to add insult to our history, this past new years eve on first night danbury, i saw the palace listed as a place for one of the many shows that night! wtf?!? sure enough it was open but i had to catch a train and didn’t have time to wander in. i will be calling the mayor today as i know him and ask about the issue.