Palace Theatre

1564 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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RobertR
RobertR on July 13, 2005 at 10:36 am

Playbills when Liberace played here in the 1950’s.
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moviesmovies on July 13, 2005 at 6:19 am

Saw ‘Applause’, ‘Woman Of The Year’, ‘Treemonisha’, A Bette Midler Concert, ‘Lorelie, and 'Shirley McClaine’ here.

jackeboy
jackeboy on July 11, 2005 at 5:54 pm

A friend of mine from high school worked here as an elevator operator during the mid seventies, and he brought me in to see the theater and Bette Midler’s show. Both were pretty mindblowing

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on July 11, 2005 at 11:19 am

Well the Music Hall was stuck with Father Goose for the Christmas show.

RobertR
RobertR on July 11, 2005 at 9:18 am

And at Christmas it was at the Palace?????????????

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on July 11, 2005 at 9:15 am

Send Me No Flowers opened as the Thanksgiving ‘64 Music Hall film.

BoxOfficeBill
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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 11, 2005 at 8:35 am

Here’s a September, 1941 ad for “Citizen Kane” when it shifted to popular prices at the Palace and also opened at the Albee in downtown Brooklyn. “Kane”’s next stop would be the RKO circuit, with “Mexican Spitfire’s Baby” as a second feature:
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RobertR
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
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
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
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
Coate on June 15, 2005 at 6:36 pm

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

Coate
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
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
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
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
RobertR on June 14, 2005 at 5:17 pm

“Nuremburg” opened roadshow at the Palace.

Astyanax
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
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?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 13, 2005 at 1:08 pm

With the exception of RCMH, the Palace seemed the most logical place for “Citizen Kane” to make its NYC debut because it was an RKO theatre and the movie was an RKO release. I don’t think that Hearst’s opposition to the movie had anything to do with it. And “Citizen Kane” did not seem suited to RCMH since it was an avant-garde movie for its time and had no major stars in the cast. It seems unlikely that “Kane” would have opened at the Capitol, Roxy, Paramount, Stand, or Hollywood, which were controlled by the studios that owned them. I suppose it might have opened at the Rivoli, Criterion or Astor, but RKO stood to earn more by running it at one of its own theatres.

StephenJohansen
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
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.