Palace Theatre

1564 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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RobertR on June 15, 2005 at 5:49 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 8:17 pm

“Nuremburg” opened roadshow at the Palace.

Astyanax on June 14, 2005 at 7:51 pm

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

dennisczimmerman on June 14, 2005 at 7:18 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 1:52 pm

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 1:50 pm

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 12:53 pm

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


DonRosen on June 13, 2005 at 12:06 pm

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

chconnol on June 13, 2005 at 10:51 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 9:23 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 7:57 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 8:07 pm

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

RobertR on June 10, 2005 at 8:09 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 6:50 pm

When did the Palace become a Broadway Theatre?

RobertR on May 20, 2005 at 11:50 am

Here is a marquee shot from the movie years.

teecee on April 14, 2005 at 4:10 pm

Filming location for All That Jazz (1979).

DonRosen on January 16, 2005 at 4:54 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 8:37 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 8:22 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 6:37 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 10:10 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 10:48 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 11:13 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 11:15 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 12:02 pm

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.