Palace Theatre

174 Newark Avenue,
Jersey City, NJ 07302

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Palace = B.F. Keith's Theatre (vaudeville) and Bijou Dream theater

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Keith & Proctor former a partnership around 1900 and the theatre was renamed Keith & Proctor’s Theatre until 1911 when the partnership was dissolved. On 10/9/1920 a Wurlitzer organ (opus 354) was installed. This theatre is still listed as operating in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook.

Today only the front of the building and lobby survive in retail use. The auditorium is now the site of a parking lot.

Contributed by tc

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teecee
teecee on October 29, 2005 at 5:48 am

Nice photo on page 19 of Arcadia Publishing’s “Jersey City: 1940-1960”. They state that this theater is now a drug store named Palace Drugs.

I found this address:
Palace Drug Store
(201) 432-3300
(201) 432-1317
172 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07302

spectrum
spectrum on September 29, 2007 at 4:04 pm

At one time known as B. F. Keith’s. Opened in 1906.

spectrum
spectrum on January 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm

From the google aerial photos, the Palace Drugs building is clearly too small to have been a 1,000- seat theater. Also, Palace Drugs is 172 Newark Ave. It’s possible that the low one-floor building to the right of Palace Drugs was where the entrance/lobby was for the Palace Theatre. It would be a fairly long lobby leading back to where there is now a parking lot. Looks like this theater is probably demolished.

skin4ever
skin4ever on July 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Spectrum is correct. The Palace Drug Store was next door. The theatre and drug store were operating at the same time. There was also a restaurant next to the theatre on the other side. They had a griddle in the window with hot dogs on it all the time. Would stop for a dog or two. I saw Elvis Presley in “Love Me Tender” @ The Palace. It was a neighborhood theatre at the time for a working class area of Downtown Jersey City. The theatre was between Jersey Avenue and Eire Street. Newark Avenue was a thrieving four or five block shopping area at the time. It boasted three different “Five and Dime” stores: F.W.Woolworths, H.L.Greens and W.T. Grants. There was a small dep’t store called The Wonder Store. When Mussolini declared war on the USA, the owner fired all the Italian Americans employees. My mom was furious and told the owner. She never shopped there again. When we would pass by in the 50’s she would tell us the story. My mom was actually ashasmed of Mussolini. But, was annoyed that he did this to innocent Italian Americans. A phobia which was showing it’s ugly head at the time. In most cases this prejudice was metted out to Italian, German and Japanese American citizens.
The area suffered a downhill slide. In the late 50’s and 60’s. It is now a shadow of it’s former self. Our family dentist was down the block Dr. S. Grochow DDS. He was a very nice and caring man. He treated us from children until adulthood when he retired. He saw my sister and I grow up. His office was on a triangle at Newark Ave and Eire St. Here is somemore history of The Palace and it’s neighbors. I grew up on York Street about five blocks away. Michael

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