Palace Theater

1615 Euclid Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44115

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dmillen
dmillen on July 8, 2013 at 8:55 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.

gill
gill on March 2, 2013 at 11:21 am

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.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on August 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

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.)

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 9, 2011 at 9:43 am

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.

telliott
telliott on August 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

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

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on August 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

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.

Broan
Broan on August 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Here is a construction view

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm

A picture showing (supposedly) the first ticket being sold to “This is Cinerama” at the Palace:
View link. Only a few months later, on a cold February Saturday morning, our family went to see the film; an experience I can still recall vividly over fifty-odd years later.

Eric K.
Eric K. on January 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Just wanted to point out that every year since 1998 the Palace Theater has hosted the “Cinema At The Square” classic film series every August for only $5 bucks each. In 2010 they played 16 films, dating from mostly the 1930s-1980s.

BILLYBOYOK
BILLYBOYOK on June 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Spectrum, those are great photos!!!

So glad it’s still there. I hope to visit it soon.

Any chance of it being incorporated with the famous Cleveland Film Festival in March???

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 5, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Here is a September 1949 article about the Palace from Boxoffice magazine:
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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Spectrum, you are the man! Those are the best modern photos of Playhouse Square I have seen to date.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 6, 2009 at 10:48 am

Great before and after shots of the Loews Ohio and State and the Palace in 1956.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 21, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Ad for stage and screen show at the RKO Palace in 1950:
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Cinerama ad in 1956:
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spectrum
spectrum on July 9, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Here are some new photos I took July 2009 of the Palace Theatre:

Exterior (front and side):

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Lobbies:
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Auditorium:
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chspringer
chspringer on May 7, 2009 at 11:14 am

This beautiful theatre should have the great marquee recreated instead of the tacky thing that’s hanging there now. It was the one part of the restoration that was poorly done (IMHO).

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, January 1960:

CLEVELAND-The Palace Theater will revert to a continuous, popular price policy Wednesday January 20, with the discontinuation, for the time being at least, of the roadshow policy that has been in effect since November 14, 1956, with the first area Cinerama presentation. “Goliath and the Barbarians”, an AIP picture distributed here by Imperial Pictures, has been chosen to bring the Palace back to a mass rather than a class house. The reason for the reversion was the paucity of available roadshow quality pictures, according to Sam Schultz of Selected Theaters, which will buy and book the house for owners Samuel Silk and Will Halpern of New York.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 31, 2007 at 7:47 pm

A book entitled “Cleveland’s Playhouse Square” by Patricia M. Mote chronicles in words and photographs the Loew’s State & Ohio, RKO Allen & Palace and Hanna theaters from their opening in the 1920s through 2006. It can be found in the Local Interest section of Cleveland area bookstores, and for those not in the area it can be ordered from the publisher at the following website:
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nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on October 8, 2007 at 6:41 pm

Can anyone document dates of The Three Stooges (and/or Ted Healy and his “Racketeers”) live personal appearasnces at the Palace?

The Three Stooges Fan Club is trying to document all their personal appearances. Visit the Museum’s website www.stoogeum.com
Thanks,
Frank Reighter

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 18, 2007 at 10:41 am

In his posting of June 9, 2007, dave-bronx is correct: it is the State Theatre which has the massive new stage, not the Palace. The Playhouse Square Center published a one-page sheet with a plan of the complex, showing all 4 theatres, and the office buildings, their lobbies and the inside passageways which connect them. It’s possible to walk from the garage on the northwest corner of the complex to any of the theatres, or from one theatre to another, without going outside to Euclid Avenue. The State Theatre is directly behind the Palace. All of the theatres in Playhouse Square are well worth seeing, as is the beautiful Severance Hall, a super-deluxe concert hall in its own park a few miles east of downtown. There are some very interestng buildings downtown, plus a great park on the lakefront near which is the rock ‘n roll museum, a big sports stadium and a trolley car museum.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on September 17, 2007 at 8:19 am

The Marquee of the Palace leaves something to be desired. They didn’t even attempt to restore a marquees from the 1920’s thru the 1950’s. I think the director of Playhouse Square should look at proper marquee restorations at historical movie palaces across the country. There are four theatres next door to each other and none are very attractive. At the very least restore at least one vertical on one 0f the theares instead af the tacky plastic vertical that spells out Playhouse Square.brucec

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on June 9, 2007 at 11:23 am

Ron Salters: The new stage house is on the State, not the Palace. The Palace has no place to expand to, it is bounded on the south by Euclid Ave, on the east by E 17 St, on the north by the State auditorium and on the west by the State lobby. Behind the back wall of the Palace stage is the back wall of the State auditorium.

Chuck 1231: When I worked here as an usher, I’m recalling that there was a fairly large room that we used as an ushers room off of a landing of the stairway going to the top of the balcony on the east side. It had a window with a view of 17th St. Though I don’t recall specifically, I would assume there is another similar room on the west side, since the auditorium is more or less symmetrical. Perhaps one of these rooms was used by Loew’s for their Regional Manager.