Palace Theatre

791 Broadway,
Gary, IN 46402

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John Eberson designed the Palace Theatre in a Atmospheric style, seating originally nearly 3,000. The theater opened in November 1925 with live stage shows and vaudeville acts in addition to motion pictures.

Operating for decades as one of Gary’s grandest entertainment venues, the cavernous Palace Theatre slowly slid into decline, closing in 1972.

Since then, several attempts have been made to bring the theater back to life, but unfortunately, none have been successful. Meanwhile, this sadly forgotten Eberson designed treasure has fallen into major disrepair, with substantial water damage to its auditorium and its Renaissance-style exterior crumbling away. A precarious-looking 1950’s or 1960’s era marquee appears in danger of falling off at any time.

Though in danger of being lost, the Palace Theatre would make an ideal performing arts or classic films venue, for anyone with enough interest, and more importantly, money, to put into restoring it.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 81 comments)

theatre123 on February 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Here is a link to our facebook page, petition,website, and blog Please help us out!

theatre123 on February 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

The Palace is going to be on national news CBS channel 2 at 6pm!!!

3Gary3 on February 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm

The Fb page looks great. Hope to see something done with Gary.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

?Who is the current owner of the theatre/building?

theatre123 on March 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm

The city is and we are trying to rehab the building.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm

theatre123 thanks for the info. Now that’s gonna be a BIG job!

theatre123 on March 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm

We need your support and others as well.

wwalker1208 on March 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I remember the Palace Theater in Gary well. I had the honor of being it’s manager for a while.

One day the televisions told the sad story that our great leader had been killed in Dallas

Already we had several people in our matinee audience. I went out on the stage and said the following: “Please excuse us for stopping the movie, but I have to tell you that it has just been reported that John F. Kennedy had just be assigned in Dallas, Texas.”

There was a quite in the theater, but everyone remained setting. No one saying any thing. I then said “do you not under stand what I am saying, The president of the United States is dead.” A woman let out a frighting scream, and people went running from the theater.

3Gary3 on April 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

It seems they have a petiton to restore it

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

The ornate Spanish Baroque organ screen of the Palace Theatre at Gary can be seen in this photo illustrating an ad for the George Kilgen & Son organ company in the October 13, 1928, issue of Motion Picture News.

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