Palace Theatre

426 N. St. Clair Street,
Toledo, OH 43604

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PALACE and RIVOLI Theatres; Toledo, Ohio.

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The Empire Theatre, located next to the Rivoli Theatre on N. St. Clair Street, opened in 1901 as a vaudeville and stock company theatre. By 1904, it was a burlesque theatre, and gained a notorious reputation.

After 1919, it became a movie theatre and was renamed Palace Theatre. It closed in 1968, and both it and the Rivoli Theatre were both razed a year later.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 31, 2007 at 12:03 pm

Here is a photo from the Toledo Public Library:
http://tinyurl.com/2s46j9

Patsy
Patsy on June 27, 2008 at 9:10 pm

It is truly a crime that both the Rivoli and the Palace were demolished in the same year! What a loss for the City of Toledo!

Patsy
Patsy on June 27, 2008 at 9:12 pm

I wonder who the architect was for the Palace being next door to the Eberson designed Rivoli?

MikeyFortune
MikeyFortune on July 25, 2008 at 5:13 pm

I am not sure who designed the Palace in Toledo, Ohio as it was indeed built before the Rivoli. The Toledo Public Library has a pretty good collection of photographs featuring the various downtown theatres. The Palace was in fact originally called the Empire and featured live vaudeville performances. When urban renewal hit downtown Toledo the theatres were the first to go. In the sixties Toledo had a thriving downtown with numerous choices for film entertainment. If you visit youtube.com and type in Paramount Theatre Toledo, there is a long shot of Superior Street that quickly shows the Royal as well as the tower signs of the Loop and the
Esquire. It is my understanding that the former Esquire building is now slated for demolition if not already gone. The last time I was there it was still standing but empty. How sad for this city. The same time the Valentine was being restored the Pantheon was being demolished on the same street no less. It breaks my heart to stand in front of these long gone beauties and feel the ghosts all around. If my memory is correct, I think the Gayety on Summit Street was the first downtown theatre. The Palace (Empire) and the Town Hall (People’s Theatre, Capitol Theatre) might have been the next ones built.

chuckslilsis
chuckslilsis on March 7, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I was born and raised here in Toledo and I well remember going downtown to the Rivoli and the Palace Theatres just about every Saturday and Sunday. Simply breathtaking interior. I was there when A hard Days Night opened with all the other screaming teens. The best times Toledo ever had. With the demize of the theatres, Tiedtkes, Lasalle’s, Lion store, Woolworth’s, Toledo died. Its too bad someone can’t find a way to bring it all back.

MikeyFortune
MikeyFortune on June 16, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Chuck1231. The photo is of the Country Palace formerly the Peppermint Lounge in downtown Toledo. It’s not the Palace Theatre that was located on St. Clair Street next door to the Rivoli and across the street from the original entrance to the Valentine Theatre. A good photo of a Toledo landmark nonethe less.

atmos
atmos on May 6, 2010 at 12:59 am

John Eberson remodelled this theatre around 1925.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 30, 2011 at 4:59 am

The Palace was on North St. Clair Street, not South St. Clair. See Libbey’s comment made yesterday on the Rivoli Theatre page. The Rivoli was also on North St. Clair.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 30, 2011 at 6:19 am

Although the theater’s address as listed on the page has been corrected (as has the address on the Rivoli page,) Google Maps is still fetching the erroneous location on South St. Clair Street. I’ve seen this happen on several other theater pages that have had addresses corrected. Does Google Maps get the location information from the code that generates the text on the page, or is there some sticky code in another location that summons the maps and Street Views? That’s the only explanation I can think of for this repeated failure of Google to fetch the correct, corrected, locations.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 2, 2012 at 10:13 am

Here’s a vintage two-page article about RKO’s “twinning” of the Palace and Rivoli: archive

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