Palace Theater

1615 Euclid Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44115

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dave-bronx™ on September 6, 2016 at 9:06 pm

Loews didn’t do 70mm at the Cedar Center, they butchered the place soon after taking it over in the late 70s by dividing it in half and installing those hated game machines and tile floors in the once-beautiful lobby. As with Loews East and Loews West, both equipped with 70mm and mag stereo equipment, Herb Brown, the Loews DM at the time, wasn’t interested in 70mm and had the RCA technicians set up for only 35mm mono operation after the auditoriums were split. The original operator, National General Corp., did a lot of 70mm at what was then called the Fox Cedar Center.

DavidZornig on September 5, 2016 at 3:29 pm

1968 photo added courtesy of Theo Tersteeg‎.

DavidZornig on November 16, 2015 at 2:09 pm

1956 photo added courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

dmillen on July 9, 2013 at 4:55 am

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 on March 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm

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

ChasSmith on August 9, 2011 at 5:52 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.)

CSWalczak on August 9, 2011 at 5:43 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.

telliott on August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm

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

ChasSmith on August 9, 2011 at 5:13 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.

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Here is a construction view

CSWalczak on February 11, 2011 at 5:22 am

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.

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Eric K. on January 14, 2011 at 6:22 am

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 on July 1, 2010 at 12:17 am

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 on February 6, 2010 at 12:10 am

Here is a September 1949 article about the Palace from Boxoffice magazine:

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Life's Too Short on January 12, 2010 at 11:04 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on November 6, 2009 at 6:48 pm

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

CSWalczak on July 22, 2009 at 7:34 am

And an ad from 1947:
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CSWalczak on July 22, 2009 at 6:12 am

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 on July 10, 2009 at 2:34 am

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

Exterior (front and side):

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chspringer on May 7, 2009 at 7:14 pm

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 on January 16, 2009 at 2:29 am

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™ on January 1, 2008 at 3:47 am

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 on October 9, 2007 at 2:41 am

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
Frank Reighter