Palace Theater

26 Main Street,
Lake Placid, NY 12946

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Palace Theater

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Built in 1926, the Palace Theater is still showing films, though it has been divided into four screens.

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richardg on October 20, 2004 at 3:52 pm

The Palace is now a four-plex and has been for quite some time. The main auditorium is still fully intact and quite impressive. I would have stayed for a movie but could not bring myself to spend money to see “Shark Tale”. Anyway, here’s the new configuration: Main auditorium intact, balcony split down the middle {each containing 160+ seats) a very tiny “auditorium” was created behind the main screen or the stage area which contains 40+ seats.
The “plexing” was done tastefully and the original stenciling was duplicated on the new partitions. The theatre had a good attendance when I looked inside all the auditoriums.

Patsy on May 15, 2006 at 5:44 pm

Chuck1231: Nice article about the organ and vintage b/w photo. I like the marquee then compared to now. Also, the figure skating photos on either side of the marquee.

Patsy on May 15, 2006 at 5:45 pm

I wonder if this theatre is still a multiplex as I’m sure it was built as a single screen theatre?

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Life's Too Short on August 8, 2006 at 3:46 pm

Not a big fan of this design. If you tore the marquee off it could easily be a bank or city hall.

LuisV on September 6, 2008 at 11:54 am

I spent Labor Day weekend in Lake Placid and was so pleasantly surprised when I saw the marquee of this theater lighting up the main street. It’s truly amazing what impact an operating theater has on the “liveliness” of a streetscape. Though time did not allow me to visit the theater (I was hoping for a rainy afternoon/didn’t get it) it appeared that the theater was doing well. It was great to see.

MissAmanda on June 24, 2010 at 6:36 am

I worked with Ray Durkee to restore the organ in 1970, although Ray did the brunt of the work. He and I took turns playing it before shows. The theatre had a huge old American flag with 48 stars, almost as large as the screen. I forget if it was suspended in front of or behind the screen. We would always culminate our pre-show organ recital with the National Anthem as a spotlight illuminated the flag. Such fun!

I remember seeing “Harold and Maude” at the Palace before it opened widely. It may have been a sneak preview. Also “Myra Breckenridge” while sitting in the balcony in front of a row of teenage boys from the Northwood School who seemed rather enamored of Racquel Welsh.

gd14lawn on January 4, 2011 at 1:20 am

In 1955 a cinemascope screen was installed at the Palace. It was a “Raytone Silver Screen”, the same type as in the NYC Paramount.

CSWalczak on April 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm

An article about this classic theater with photos.

DavidZornig on December 31, 2017 at 10:13 pm

1983 photo added credit & courtesy of Derek Stone.

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