Palace Theater

35 North Wyoming Street,
Hazleton, PA 18201

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The Palace Theater opened in March 1909 as both a vaudeville and film theater. Doors from the ticket booth entered directly into the bowl shaped auditorium which had 1200 seats and a decent sized balcony. The main floor was carpeted in rich velvet and the orchestra pit was separated from the audience by a large brass rail. The first three rows of seats in the balcony were upholstered in genuine leather.

The theater was quite successful, but was completely destroyed by an early morning fire in April 1917. The owners planned to rebuild, but never did probably due to competition from the new Feeley Theater across the street.

Contributed by Bobs

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RJS
RJS on July 19, 2005 at 2:34 pm

A vintage postcard image from 1910 of the Palace can be seen with the link below.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 24, 2014 at 8:14 pm

The destruction of the Palace Theatre was reported in the July, 1917, issue of Safety Engineering:

“April 26, 1917. Hazleton, Pa. Palace theater and C. Sasso’s department store. Wyoming and Green streets. Vaudeville and motion pictures; department store. Two 2- and 3-story buildings destroyed. Walls, brick. Floors, wood. Roofs, slag. Cause, unknown. Fire started in rear of stage in theater. Discovered by passerby about 3:45 a. m. Alarm, box. Duration, 10 hours. Stopped at department store. Fire was favored by metal ceilings in both buildings. Private fire apparatus, several lines of hose and extinguishers. Persons in building, none. Injured, 1. Means of escape, fairly good. Value of buildings and contents, $220,000. Property loss, $85,000.”

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