Palace Performing Arts Center

246 College Street,
New Haven, CT 06510

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Marquee of the Roger Sherman Theatre, New Haven, CT in 1930

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The Palace Performing Arts Center was formerly known as the Roger Sherman Theater and before that, the Palace Theater. It is currently closed and being renovated to reopen as the College Street Music Hall in Spring of 2015.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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atmos
atmos on May 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm

This theatre is also listed in the John and Drew Eberson archives at the Wolfsonian in Florida as having alterations around 1944.

finestkind
finestkind on May 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I have a recording of my grandfather, Frank Konitz, playing the pipe organ at the Roger Sherman in 1970 as guest artist for the American Theater Organ Society. In the introduction the MC states that in 1927 the theater was known as the Olympia. Can anyone confirm or deny?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 25, 2012 at 1:12 am

finestkind: The house listed at Cinema Treasures as the Paramount Theatre opened in 1915 as the Olympia Theatre. I don’t know exactly when it was renamed the Paramount, but it’s quite likely that it was still called the Olympia in 1927. It was certainly still the Olympia in 1924, when Anthony Dumas made this drawing of it.

The Paramount also had an organ that was still operational into the middle years of the 20th century. Most likely, the MC on the record conflated the two theaters in his mind and misspoke.

lewiswardell
lewiswardell on March 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I took over temporarily as division manager for RKO’s Connecticut Division at the end of 1978 while running the Merritt Theater in Bridgeport. Although the company was managing commercial property in the building, movie showings had been suspended. We received a request to open for a religious revival and took the theater out of mothballs for it. The Reverend Bob Pulley (?) brought in the Edwin Hawkins Singers and a large staff for a one-off that was fascinating – speaking-in-tongues, curing the afflicted, ecstatic dancing etc. I left the chain shortly thereafter and haven’t seen the venue since. It was awesome to explore the empty theater and sub-basements when I got there. Lots of memorabilia and equipment had basically been abandoned when showings stopped.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 14, 2015 at 2:34 am

This theatre will be reopening as a concert venue called the College Street Music Hall this spring!

http://www.nhregister.com/arts-and-entertainment/20150113/new-havens-palace-theater-venue-to-reopen-as-a-music-hall

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on January 18, 2015 at 6:15 am

saw the article. when toad’s place got in trouble with their ID incident, they were closed for 2 months. the rumor was that they would refurbish and move into the Palace as an annex. i got in there b/c a friend was helping remodel and saw the transformation. but the deal never happened.

this is good news.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 18, 2015 at 6:36 am

Linkrot repair: here is the new location of the 1961 Boxoffice piece with the drawing of the Roger Sherman Theatre’s new front.

classictheaters
classictheaters on February 24, 2015 at 4:40 pm

The new COLLEGE STREET MUSIC HALL will have 2000 seats. Hopefully they will be able to show movies also. It is a perfect venue for movie openings and showing classic films.

ERD
ERD on February 24, 2015 at 7:17 pm

Wishing this theatre much success.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 13, 2015 at 1:58 am

1961 newspaper photo added courtesy of Marc Friedland.

Additional photos of downtown New Haven can be found by searching the below site. Copy & paste to view.

http://www.magrissoforte.com/

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