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Saw this theatre on Sunday as I got off the train for a family function. The rear of the auditorium is very visible as there’s a parking lot behind it. Doesn’t seem big enough for 1000 seats, though. I went to the front and just like above link for the drawing, it’s spot on. Not too plain, not too over-the-top (that is, in reality, not the picture).
Hehe. that was cute. You now know you have “made it” when you appear in the pictures.
I hope it revitalizes the area, it’s kind of seedy.
Last Sunday, I was biking by and went to the side and saw two workers outside of the open door. I asked if I could peek in and they let me walk around slightly b/c of the cones inside and construction. I shined by bike light up at the ceiling and proscenium. There is not 3 separate concrete poured sections, instead of one sloping area.
They said it would be finished (walls too, although they looked pretty faded) by September.
Was biking by there today and can vouch on the comedy club as there’s a banner outside saying just that. This strip of the nabe has lots of retail and bars and restaurants with neighborhoods behind it.
Was also known for a short while as the “Gayway.”
Went by this “place” on Tuesday on a bicycle trip. The place is green grass to the left of the golf place. The Quality Inn is behind the former theatre.
I don’t know if that’s the original marquee on the corner, though. It looks either refurbished or new and it’s huge. There’s a doctors park across the street on its side and the messages are all for businesses, if i recall correctly.
I submitted this last year but it was turned down b/c it wasn’t open to the public.
My rationale was that it was at the time, to military families, etc.
It’s a great building when you see it.
Right on target, the News-Times editorial endorses starting a “Friends of The Palace” and urges community support.
To all the DaSilva naysayers (i used to be one of them), the man put in $500k into the Palace so far for the CTFF and other events. This is no small amount and is truly a community investment.
Mentioned in a story about the Danbury Palace.
Mentioned in a story about Danbury’s Palace.
Mentioned in a story about Danbury’s Palace.
The Palace is open for ANYTHING, according to DaSilva. That’s great. Everyone’s on board for revitalization. Since the CTFF, it’s open for any event at the time and there’s been many events since then and pre-CTFF that played as host.
Now a highway bridge abutment.
Try the Coney Island History Project; their booth space is located on the street, but under the Cyclone. They may be able to help. http://www.coneyislandhistory.org/
Don’t know if any one you have heard as it’s been all the rage and protest as of late, but 3 NBC shows have moved into the Palace (no more Rich) and brought with them some controversy. Jerry Springer and the Steve Wilkos show as well as Maury Povich have moved their families here (sans Wilkos) and will be taping their shows at the Palace on rotating sets. The good news is that it will bring 150-200 production jobs, will pay $1.3 million for the 2-year lease with an option to extend and they will refurbish the theatre to the tune of $3 million.
A few months ago, the nearby church was peeved about Springer.
Um. Let’s not forget that Max Creek played there on 2/10/90. My friend is a taper and he just posted a “lost” show on archive.org. Just do a quick search for the band and the dates pop up.
Went there to see Star Trek for the second time. This place was never a theatre originally, as can be told by the carving. Tickets to the left and the first 4 theatres, 2 on each side had stadium seating, albeit, smaller, maybe 150 seats each. The latter 4 theatres were set up too strangely. 80 seats in 5 rows of 8 on each side. It felt like it needed a center section and these theatres were too wide and the screen was too close to the back (where you entered). The screen wasn’t centered as there was an exit to the right of it. It felt too uneven and too up close.
At the end of the night, there were 3 suitcases filled with film reels just left. Not too safe.
Mentioned in NYTimes. View link
Exactly. For instance, take Friday’s. Their old ad campaign is that they wanted to be your neighborhood pub. But you cant be one if you are a cookie cutter (saves money, but no originality). Plus, these were located in shopping malls which aren’t in any neighborhood.
There needs to be a balance somewhere. Sure, they are part of the experience, but something needs to change.
Beat me to the punch. Thanks.
Er. Make that 400 seats. From “Do you Remember?”
100 years ago
The Elite Motion Picture Theater, at the corner of Main and Crosby streets in Danbury, was opened last week. It has a seating capacity of 400.
A new automatic lantern, that makes it impossible for the film to come into contact with fire, is used in the theater. Martin Brennan illustrated songs at the opening performances. Admission is 10 cents for adults and 5 cents for children.
David Byrne will be here in June.
Okay. New update, Summer 2009. View link
As for the Bijou movie house, which dates to 1909, Mr. Kuchma says he has at last found a tenant for it. He was not prepared to give further details but said he was hopeful of a summer opening. (The theater already has one nonthespian tenant: its second-floor ballroom and viewing balcony house the architecture offices of Antinozzi Associates.)
From today’s “Do you remember?” in the News-Times.
Displays and demonstrations of modern equipment for the kitchen, dining room and pantry are included in the program of The Danbury News-Times cooking school, which opened this week in the Empress Theater.