Palace Theatre

34 W. Broad Street,
Columbus, OH 43215

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Palace Theatre

The Keith-Albee Palace Theatre was opened in November 1926 as a grand vaudeville and movie house. It became the RKO Palace Theatre (Radio Keith Orpheum) in 1929. After almost fifty years of first run films, the Palace Theatre was forced to close its doors.

The theatre was purchased in 1989 by the CAPA organization and is a now a premier venue for concerts, stage shows and more. It was closed in May 2018 for renovations to be carried out and these should be completed in six months.

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Ron3853 on February 4, 2007 at 4:33 pm

Listed below are the films which played at the Palace Theater in Columbus, Ohio from March 1963 through January 1967. Research is from microfilms of Variety and The Columbus Dispatch. The date given is the Wednesday of the film’s opening week.
03/06/63 The Days of Wine and Roses/Make Mine a Double
03/20/63 Son of Flubber
04/10/63 The Birds
05/01/63 Critic’s Choice/Guns of Darkness
05/08/63 The Miracle of the White Stallions/The Great Van Robbery
05/15/63 The Ugly American/The Frightened City
05/22/63 The Yellow Canary/Police Nurse
05/29/63 The List of Adrian Messenger/The Traitors
06/12/63 Island of Love/Term of Trial
06/19/63 Giant
06/26/63 Savage Sam/Yellowstone Cubs
07/03/63 Spencer’s Mountain/Black Gold
07/17/63 A Gathering of Eagles/Payroll
07/24/63 55 Days at Peking
08/07/63 Summer Magic
08/21/63 PT 109
09/04/63 Wall of Noise/The Raiders of Leyte Gulf
09/11/63 Mondo Cane
09/18/63 For Love or Money
09/25/63 The Haunting
10/2/63 The Condemned of Altona/Harbor Lights
10/09/63 20,000 leagues Under the Sea
10/16/63 Rampage/The Castilian
10/23/63 Shock Corridor/Rider on a Dead Horse
10/30/63 Mary, Mary/The Great Chase
11/13/63 The Incredible Journey/Siege of the Saxons
11/27/63 Palm Springs Weekend/The Gun Hawk
12/11/63 Wuthering Heights/Our Very Own
12/18/63 Cry of Battle/Gunfight at Comanche Creek
12/25/63 Charade
02/05/64 The Sword in the Stone
02/26/64 Move Over, Darling
03/11/64 Four for Texas/The Young Swingers
03/18/64 The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
04/08/64 The Incredible Mr. Limpet/Thunder Island
04/15/64 A Tiger Walks/Cavalry Command
04/22/64 Soldier in the Rain/War is Hell
04/29/64 Dead Ringer/Dr. Crippen
05/06/64 America, America/The Man from Galveston
05/13/64 South Pacific
05/27/64 A Distant Trumpet/FBI Code 98
06/03/64 Spartacus
06/10/64 The Chalk Garden/Star-Fighters
06/24/64 What a Way to Go!
07/15/64 Robin and the Seven Hoods
07/29/64 The Moon-Spinners/The Swinging Maiden
08/12/64 Bedtime Story/A Yank in Vietnam
08/19/64 Ensign Pulver/Devil Ship Pirates
08/26/64 The Thin Red Line/The Secret Door
09/02/64 Marnie/Never Put it in Writing
09/16/64 The Killers/No, My Darling Daughter
09/30/64 The Visit/The Third Secret
10/07/64 Fate is the hunter/The Earth Dies Screaming
10/14/64 Kisses for My President/Act One
10/21/64 The lively Set/Sing and Swing
10/28/64 Guns at Batasi/Journey to the Center of the Earth
11/04/64 Malamondo/1 Dead, 2 Living
11/18/64 Rio Conchos/Ready for the People
11/25/64 Youngblood Hawke/Blood on the Arrow
12/09/64 So Dear to My Heart/The Golden Horseshoe Revue
12/16/64 Kitten With a Whip/Bullet for a Badman
12/23/64 Father Goose
01/20/65 Sex and the Single Girl/Stop Train 349
02/17/65 Dear Brigitte/Racing Fever
02/24/65 The Night Walker/The Master Spy
03/03/65 None But the Brave/The Strangler
03/17/65 Hush, Hush…Sweet Charlotte
04/07/65 Strange Bedfellows/Taggart
04/14/65 The Truth About Spring/Mara of the Wilderness
04/21/65 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home/Raiders from Beneath the Sea
04/28/65 Bus Riley’s Back in Town/Why Bother to Knock?
05/05/65 Dear Heart/Doctor in Distress
05/12/65 Cheyenne Autumn
05/19/65 Brainstorm/The Woman Who Wouldn’t Die
05/26/65 Mirage/Bomb in the High Street
06/02/65 The Batle of the Villa Fiorita/Taxi for Tobruk
06/09/65 Mondo Pazzo/Mission to Hell
06/16/65 A High Wind in Jamaica/Fort Courageous
06/23/65 Up from the Beach/Convict Stage
06/30/65 Von Ryan’s Express
07/21/65 The Art of Love/Apache Gold
08/04/65 Zorba the Greek
08/18/65 The Third Day/Gunmen of the Rio Grande
08/15/65 Morituri
09/01/65 Casanova ‘70
09/15/65 Darling
09/22/65 Having a Wild Weekend/Murieta
09/29/65 Marriage on the Rocks
10/13/65 Paris Secret/The Model Murder Case
10/20/65 The Reward/What a Way to Go!
10/27/65 The Ipcress File
11/10/65 The Bedford Incident
11/17/65 Love Has Many Faces/Under the Yum Yum Tree
11/24/65 The Nanny/Wild on the Beach
12/08/65 Sands of the Kalahari/The Town Tamer
12/15/65 Gypsy/The Music Man
12/22/65 That Darn Cat
01/26/66 Never Too Late/Operation CIA
02/02/66 Othello (2 days only)
02/09/66 Our Man Flint
03/23/66 Inside Daisy Clover
04/06/66 The Great Race
05/18/66 Harper
06/22/66 A Big Hand for the Little Lady
06/29/66 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
09/07/66 A Fine Madness
09/21/66 Assault on a Queen/Come Blow Your Horn
09/28/66 JFK: Years of Lightning, Days of Drums
10/05/66 An American Dream/Sex and the Single Girl
10/12/66 Seconds
10/19/66 Kaleidoscope
10/26/66 Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round
11/02/66 A Man Called Adam/An Eye for an Eye
11/09/66 Adam and Eve/Shame of the Sabine Women
11/16/66 Not With My Wife, You Don't
11/30/66 La Dolce Vita
12/07/66 Bang! Bang! You’re Dead/Macabro
12/14/66 The Great Race/marriage on the Rocks
12/21/66 Any Wednesday/I Deal in Danger
01/04/67 The Wild Angels/Under Age
01/25/67 Warning Shot/Red Tomahawk
02/01/67 A Fistful of Dollars

More fils from 1967 to the closing of the Palace will be posted as research is completed. Among the holiday films that played in later years were:
1967 – Wait Until Dark
1968 – Bullitt
1969 – The Arrangement
1970 – There Was a Crooked Man…
1971 – Diamonds are Forever
1972 – Hit Man
1973 – Hell Up in Harlem
1974 – Abby

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 20, 2007 at 10:33 am

Nice. I still wonder why the sign says “Columbus Palace Theatre” when that is not the actual name.

Mark_L on July 2, 2008 at 11:56 am

One very odd thing about this theatre is that when you walk into the balcony, it feels like you are leaning to the side. VERY disconcerting! I experienced it as a child and then again, many years later, when I attended a concert. My dad told me one time that he hated going there for the same reason.

No idea why this happens…probably some type of optical illusion.

Keith on April 15, 2012 at 7:50 am

10tv story on the Palace. COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Palace Theatre in downtown Columbus has been home to prime entertainment for decades.

The theatre, located in the LeVeque Towner on Broad Street, opened 86 years ago as a Vaudeville house, 10TV’s Jerry Revish reported.

“I saw Lucille Ball play here, Jack Benny was here. Bill Bojangles Robinson played here,” said Todd Bemis of the Columbus Association For the Performing Arts, which manages the theater. “All the greats at that time found their way to Columbus through the front doors of the Palace.”

The theater had a huge boom when Mae West came to town in 1938.

“There’s a photo of folks literally wrapped around the outside of the building waiting to buy tickets to get into see Mae West,” Bemis said.

The Palace Theatre became home to big bands in the 1940s.

“They used to have what they called a rolling stage on the theater,” Bemis said. “They would still show a movie maybe before the jazz concert, but then the movie screen would go out, and the jazz band or the big band would start to play, and they would literally roll them down to the front of the state, to the great applause of the audience.”

Business slowed in the 1960s, though, Revish reported.

“Many of the furnishings of the theater disappeared during that period, all the crystal was stripped out of the theater during the period because they didn’t want to maintain it, keep it clean,” Bemis said. “The wonderful brass doors that we have in our inner lobby, they just painted them rather than polish them, so there were seven coats of paint on those doors applied during that time.”

The problems continued until Frederic LeVeque came along and purchased the theater in 1973.

“The theater actually would have been demolished at that time, and his hotel was to expand from the theater up to Broad and High,” Bemis said.

LeVeque died in a plane crash and was not able to complete his plans.

Years later, his widow decided to reopen the theater after spending $3 million of her own money to renovate the building. She added new seats, plumbing, wiring and a new roof.

“There was nothing really usable in the theater,” Bemis said.

The Osmand family debuted the newly renovated theater.

“I’ll always remember that, they took over two full floors of the Neil House at that time,” Bemis said. “They had such a large entourage.”

Bemis said that the Palace Theatre has brought value to Columbus.

“It’s what I like to call the workhorse of our theaters in downtown, because it does such a wide range,” Bemis said.

bbfarmer on February 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm

They used to have a yearly Three Stooges show at the theater; it was always 8 shorts with an intermission halfway through. One year Moe’s son-in-law Norman Maurer was in attendance and told some great stories. In recent years they’ve become too “upscale” for that sort of thing. That’s a major problem I’ve seen in Columbus for the last couple of decades; they’re trying so hard to be gentrified and sophisticated that the old-fashioned fun side of the city is nowhere to be found. The decision makers in this town today would consider something like a Stooges show to be beneath the city’s dignity or something. Sad.

bbfarmer on February 5, 2013 at 9:54 am

People, yes; the city planners and folks who program entertainment downtown, not so much. There’s just a palpable sense of “look how sophisticated we’re becoming” in Columbus that seems to be sapping some of the fun out of the city. But maybe it’s just my perception.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on September 1, 2015 at 9:11 am

The organ at the Palace was Wurlitzer’s opus 1407 installed in 1926, a style 260 Special, meaning a stock 260 design was customized for this installation. It had 3 manuals and 16 ranks. Records show that a single set of pipes, an extra Vox Humana, was installed above the proscenium for an echo effect. The organ was removed intact by the local theatre organ society, but as of this writing, its location is unclear.

Mark_L on September 1, 2015 at 11:20 am

The Palace organ is at Worthington Ohio High School.

Keith on May 15, 2018 at 5:09 am

Closed for six months for auditorium renovatiins.

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