Palace Theatre

1125 W. 5th Street,
Dayton, OH 45402

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Interior, Palace Theatre Dayton

Built in 1927 on W. 5th Street close to S. Williams Street, the Palace Theatre became one of the most popular theatres in Dayton’s predominantly black West Side. For part of its history, the Palace was the equivalent of the Apollo Theatre in New York City’s Harlem, with Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billy Eckstine among the many stars that performed there.

Stage shows ended in the 1950’s, but movies continued until the Palace Theatre closed in the 1970’s. After standing vacant for decades, the Palace Theatre was demolished in 2002.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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vic1964 on June 5, 2007 at 8:14 am

The pictures reveal a once great theatre and Michael Branch has my sympathy.

TerryBear on November 9, 2008 at 9:11 pm

My grandfather was a doctor in Dayton and was an investor in this theater when it was originally built.

CJS007 on June 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Is this the same place where KISS performed? It was April 11,1975.

jwsmith7 on August 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Same place where Queen performed 1975. Tickets cost $4.50. I still have a ticket stub. Fantastic concert.

jon6444 on June 2, 2011 at 7:16 pm

The dirt lot shown in the street view is where the theatre sat…Warren, your links to photo bucket are no longer good. I would love to see them.

tomeastridge on March 27, 2012 at 12:04 am

I think some people are confusing the original Palace Theatre (listed here) with the old Loew’s Theatre that used to be on N. Main in Downtown Dayton across from the Victoria (Victory) Theatre. It was renamed “The Palace” in 1972 and that’s where many rock concerts were held until it was demolished in 1975. The original Palace on Fifth Street (this one) is not the same Palace where Queen and Kiss played.

bhspath on August 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

In the mid-1970s this building housed the Ghetto’s Palace Yoga Institute, led by Wally Ahmed Sababu. I lived there with about 35 other people in the lobby and offices, though the actual theater had been destroyed in a fire. We also had a factory across the street that manufactured and sold incense sticks. Looking for people who also lived there at that time.

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