Palace Theatre

2384 James Street,
Syracuse, NY 13206

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The Palace Theatre was opened on November 21, 1920. By 1941 it was part of the Schine Circuit. I accidentally drove past this theatre early last summer. It has an attractive terra cotta facade, and it appears to have its original vertical sign.

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MarkNYLA on November 28, 2006 at 3:25 pm

Contrary to what it says at the very top of this page, this was never an RKO house, the theatre has always been independently owned. It was built in 1924 by Albert DiBella, and was run for most of its life by his daughter Frances, who was present almost every night that it was open (In 1990, I joined the list of people who thru the years made her an offer for the place, to no avail). When she passed a few years ago, it was handed down to her nephew Mike, who threw some money into cleaning it up and refurbishing. Currently it’s running as a combination single screen sub-run house and live concert venue. It joins the Westcott (used to be the Studio in it’s early days), Manlius and Hollywood as Syracuse’s still running independents. The Franklin is long gone.

exit on June 26, 2007 at 1:51 pm

I have some 50s pics of the Franklin, have been in the Westcott, and never saw the Manlius. Most of CinemaNational’s theatres are gone now: Westhill, Cinema East, Cinema North, Shop City…

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 26, 2007 at 9:26 am

The 1943 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists the Palace Theatre as being operated by RKO Theaters.

kencmcintyre on September 21, 2007 at 7:27 am

Here is a 1948 ad from the Syracuse Post-Standard:

Greenpoint on April 29, 2012 at 11:12 am

I was just here at this place on April 20th for a showing of Big Lebowski and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas..the mens room has a very low ceiling.

Greenpoint on September 20, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Hello all I am happy to report that I was here again on September 18th for Zombiegeddon.I am thoroughly convinced that I am in love with The Palace Theatre..they don’t make them like this anymore.

Greenpoint on November 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

November 30th tell all your friends….35mm Double Feature: Blues Brothers and Animal House..

rivest266 on September 8, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Grand opening ad of November 21st, 1920 uploaded in the photo section for this theatre.

Greenpoint on October 12, 2014 at 2:51 pm

If I die. I will haunt this majestic theater.

Greenpoint on March 15, 2015 at 6:54 pm

I can’t wait to post tons of pictures of my new favorite theatre.

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