Palace Theatre

1564 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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BoxOfficeBill on July 11, 2005 at 8:47 am

“Mexican Spitfire’s Baby”! Lupe Velez! Leon Errol! Buddy Rogers! Zazu Pitts! Not only what many consider to be the greatest movie of all, but as part of a double feature that I imagine has to have been the greatest double feature of all! An inspired pairing—I never knew that it happened that way.

RobertR on July 8, 2005 at 1:40 pm

Before the “Hamlet” engagement RKO actually did a mail order even for the nabes.
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RobertR on June 28, 2005 at 5:25 pm

Here is the ad from the Richard Burton Electronovision version of Hamlet. It opened at the RKO Palce and on the RKO neighborhood run 2 a day.

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RobertR on June 25, 2005 at 3:26 pm

Like Pillow Talk before it “Send Me No Flowers” also opened at the RKO Palace for Christmas of 1964.

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uncleal923 on June 16, 2005 at 4:28 pm

Throughout most of the 1970s it was a Broadway House, and did not show movies.

Coate on June 15, 2005 at 6:36 pm

Anyone know which company operated the Palace during the late 1960s & early 1970s?

Coate on June 15, 2005 at 6:35 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.” (Joe Vogel)

For the premiere dates and other details, see:

“Ben-Hur” original L.A. roadshow release:
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L.A. roadshow re-issue
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New York original roadshow:
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New York roadshow re-issue:
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uncleal923 on June 15, 2005 at 5:27 pm

What is this, Christmas in July? (LOL) All kidding aside, I enjoyed reading about the strange Holiday fare that came to the Palace. I would never guess that such shlock as SANTA CLAUS AND THE MARTIANS played theaters on Broadway.

RobertR on June 15, 2005 at 2:58 pm

In my above post I forgot to add that all of the RKO theatres playing “Santa” had a Christmas magic show and santa live at each theatre on stage for Sat & Sun matinees.

RobertR on June 15, 2005 at 2:49 pm

December 15, 1964 that all time classic baddie “Santa Claus Conquers The Martians” opened. Young Pia Zadora starred in this Joseph E. Levine production advertised as being filmed in “space blazing color”. The 2nd feature was the full length animated feature “The Snow Queen”. This feature would become a kiddie matinee staple for most of the Christmas' of the 60’s. It opened on Broadway at the RKO Palace and also at RKO 86th St. In Brooklyn at the RKO Albee, RKO Dyker, RKO Kenmore and Town & Countrys Seaview. In the Bronx RKO Fordham. In Queens RKO Keiths, RKO Columbia, RKO Alden and Skouras Forest Hills. Staten Island at the Paramount. In Long Island Skouras Glen Cove, Skouras Playhouse Great Neck, Skouras Calderone, Town & Country Hicksville North & South, Centurys York and Skouras Lynbrook.

RobertR on June 14, 2005 at 5:17 pm

“Nuremburg” opened roadshow at the Palace.

Astyanax on June 14, 2005 at 4:51 pm

I may be guessing, but I recall seeing it during the roadshow engagement at the Palace.

dennisczimmerman on June 14, 2005 at 4:18 pm

In response to a comment made on this thread early on, I think “Judgement at Nuremburg” played on reserved seat at the DeMille Theatre (Embassy 2-3-4). I am not 100% sure and maybe someone else would be. When that movie was released, I was in high school. However, I remember being in NYC during its release and I thought I remember walking past the DeMille and it was showing there. Anyone else want to hazard a guess?

StephenJohansen on June 13, 2005 at 10:52 am

P.S. I just saw “ All Shook Up” at the Palace.. It was a wonderful no brainer old fashioned rock & roll musical… A great treat especially for out of town tourists.

StephenJohansen on June 13, 2005 at 10:50 am

Believe it or not, “Pillow Talk” with Doris Day and Rock Hudson played the Palace ( day dating with the new Murray Hill) in the fall of 1959.. I think the management of Radio City Music Hall must have been out of their minds, booking “ A Summer Place” instead.. Yikes! Subsequently, all of the other Doris Day romantic comedies played the Music Hall.

chconnol on June 13, 2005 at 9:53 am

Ah…that’s what I figured, that it had to have been The Palace.


DonRosen on June 13, 2005 at 9:06 am

The RKO Palace. No one else would open. Hearst scared everyone away.

chconnol on June 13, 2005 at 7:51 am

I have no idea where to post this question but does anyone know where in NYC “Citizen Kane” had it’s premiere?

Benjamin on June 13, 2005 at 6:23 am

I think the Palace “really” permanently reopened as a “legit” Broadway theater with the opening of “Sweet Charity” on January 29, 1966. If I recall correctly, it was the Nederlander (?) organization’s first New York theater, and at that time they were trying to break into the New York theater scene.

It seems to me that from this point on, the Palace has always been primarily a “legit” theater with, mostly musicals like “Henry Sweet Henry” (1967), “George M” (1968) “Applause” (1970), Lorelei (1974) being booked into the house.

There is an apparently complete list of “legit” shows that have played at this theater at the Internet Broadway Database website. Here’s a link:

RobertR mentions that the Palace also occasionally played movies between “Sweet Charity” and the late 1970’s. I don’t remember this — although it is certainly possible. My guess, though, is that if it did play movies, it was as a special event or a limited engagement and not because the theater owners were back in the movie business. I say this (and it’s only a guess), because after “Sweet Charity,” it seemed to me that the Palace was considered one of Broadway’s “prime” theaters, especially for musicals.

By the way, as a teenager, I stood outside the Palace on its “opening” (as a Broadway theater) night, just to see what it would be like. I vaguely recall also standing outside some other Broadway theaters on other opening nights too (at least until late afternoon or very early in the evening) to see what they were like, and the few that I “attended” were somewhat low-keyed and disappointing. The opening for “Sweet Charity” (and its “new” Broadway theater) however, was a “classic” opening night. I suspect this was because the people connected with the show were considered Broadway “royalty” (Verdon, Fosse, Fields, Simon, Coleman, etc.) and because of the special “fabled” nature of the “new” theater being premiered as a “legit” Broadway playhouse.

For a minute or two, the people standing next to me observing this scene was a young actor-singer whom I had seen on, if I recall correctly, the “Tonight” show and a friend (or agent). The actor-singer was the then up-and-coming John Davidson.

RobertR on June 13, 2005 at 4:57 am

I just found an ad from Hitchcocks “Frenzy” in July of 1972 and it opened Universal Blue Ribbon Showcase at the Palace which was advertised as Pacific DI’s Palace.

uncleal923 on June 12, 2005 at 5:07 pm

When did Aida close? I wanted to see it, but never did.

RobertR on June 10, 2005 at 5:09 pm

The Palace went back and forth many times in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s between live theatre and film. By the late 70’s it was only live theatre.

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).