1125 W. 5th Street,
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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.
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