Palace Theater

1615 Euclid Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Built in 1922 for $2 million, this palatial vaudeville theater opened on November 6, 1923 with a seating capacity of 2,530. It later made the switch to movies.

In the 1950’s, the Palace Theater became the home for Cinerama—a renovation that required the removal of 1,800 seats. Despite the initial success, the Palace Theater, and its neighbors, fell on hard times and the theater closed in 1969. The marquee was subsequently torn down and the theater was boarded up.

In 1970, the Playhouse Square Association was formed to save the Palace Theater and other nearby theaters, such as the Ohio and the Allen. The Palace Theater reopened in 1973 as a performing arts venue and is still part of the Playhouse Square group.

It remains a live theater and performing arts venue to this day.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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Broan
Broan on August 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Here is a construction view

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on August 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

The Palace was the one equipped for Cinerama, so I guess I’ve found where I saw “2001” in its roadshow engagement two or three times in the summer of 1968. I wish I could remember more from back then about the theater itself.

telliott
telliott on August 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I wish Cleveland had been included in that “Remembering Cinerama” series last year, I kept waiting for it.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I do too, Tim; I was looking forward to filling in some gaps in my Cleveland Cinerama memories.

Note to ChasSmith: Actually, the reserved seat Cinerama run of “2001” was at Loew’s State. After Cinerama ended at the Palace, Cinerama productions (only 70mm versions) were shown at the Great Northern in North Olmsted, which was opened by Stanley-Warner as a purpose-built Cinerama house (SW has earlier considered retrofitting the Vogue in Shaker Heights for Cinerama; plans were drawn but not used). When Cinerama films were discontinued at the Great Northern, Cinerama returned downtown to Loew’s State. The 70mm re-release of “This is Cinerama” was shown at Loews Cedar-Center.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on August 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Thank you!

(Thanks also for your mention of the Loews Cedar-Center, the name of which I’d totally forgotten and I was having trouble finding any reference to it.)

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

A page of theatre photos opened this 1947 trade article about Cleveland’s “Film Row”: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

Cleveland-born producer Ross Hunter’s Technicolor remake of “Magnificent Obsession” played its world premiere engagement at the RKO Palace in 1954: boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Renovations described in this 1960 trade article: Boxoffice

gill
gill on March 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

There is an excellent 1928 photo of the Palace on the Historic-Memphis.com website’s Theatre page. Here’s a link to the page.

dmillen
dmillen on July 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm

1945 RKO Palace Theater had all the big bands playing as they came up from the basement to the stage. Kay Ballard was the head usherette and she use to practice singing in the shower in the usherette changing room on the 4th floor and I was an usherette when I was 16. I heard them all. Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Harry James, Glen Millen…and all the others. We had uniforms professionally made just for us. Every Thursday, each band leader met 3 usherettes with the manager next door at a soda fountain and they autographed 8 x 10 glossies for us by name. Of course, I was too young to realize the importance. They got ruined in the attic. I had over 20 of them.

There was a new band every week and played twice each day after a movie.

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