Palace Theatre

East Front Street and Wharf Avenue,
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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The Palace Theatre was on the corner of E. Front Street and Wharf Avenue (now an empty lot). It was originally a live theatre in the 1880’s named Frick’s Theatre and staged “The Squaw Man” (later to be Cecil B. De Mille’s first short film). The theatre was renamed the Palace Theatre.

Count Basie would visit this theatre in his youth: “For fun, Basie loved seeing silent movies at the Palace Theatre in Red Bank, particularly because he could listen to the live piano accompanying the movies”.

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teecee on April 12, 2008 at 6:28 am


This theater was built in 1912 by the Red Bank Amusement Company. Original name was the Lyric Theater. Located on E. Front Street across from the Globe Hotel. Functioned as a vaudeville house and moving picture theater. Briefly known as FERBER’s Theater in 1919. In 1920 it became the Palace Theater. Leased by ME McNulty, the local “Mr. Barnum”. It was during this period that Count Basie was a frequent patron, often listening to Harold LaRoss play the organ for silent movies.

In 1928, the Palace was sold at a sheriff’s sale to Tony Hunting, just as talkies were taking off. By 1944, no longer listed in the Film Daily Yearbook.

The Frick’s Theatre listed in the main description is a different theater.

source: Stars of the New Jersey Shore 110-111, 116-117

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