Palace Theatre

791 Broadway,
Gary, IN 46402

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DavidZornig on March 18, 2018 at 12:59 pm

OK, I’ll just leave it here. I did remove my duplicate post though.

RickB on March 18, 2018 at 10:50 am

The video is mostly a talking-head interview. It has a few seconds of the Palace toward the end (the whole thing is less than two minutes).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 18, 2018 at 4:26 am

The video wouldn’t run for me, but it might be just a video of a high school in Gary anyway. The makers of the video have a YouTube channel, but I’ve been unable to find any among their hundreds of videos that is about the Palace. It would probably be part of their LOSTtoTIME series, and their Playlists page says there are currently 83 videos in that series. I haven’t scrolled through them to see if the theater is there, though I did see their video for the Town Theatre in Highland, Indiana, which I’ve linked on that theater’s page.

YouTube does have a few videos of the Palace by other users, though. Just Google Palace Theatre Gary IN.

DavidZornig on March 18, 2018 at 3:19 am

I believe this link has video of the Palace. I’ve reached my limit of free Tribune articles for the month… If it is the wrong Palace Theatre, let me know in a comment and I’ll delete it and add it where it belongs.

whtesoxfan56 on September 30, 2017 at 6:12 am

To DonaldKirk, I wish badly that could occur. Had explored this former theater several times in the past on my own, and sadly to say I’m not sure if it’ll ever get the restoration it deserves.

Speaking of John Eberson theaters, I’m glad the New Regal Theater(nee Avalon) on the southeast side of Chicago could potentially be reopened. I explored that a few years ago during Open House Chicago(architectural open house every October in Chicago), and the building was still in decent shape inside.

atmos on August 31, 2017 at 11:54 am

The top photo in the article submitted by Joe Vogel is actually the Palace Theatre Louisville.

Trolleyguy on June 18, 2017 at 5:49 pm

The Google Street View image was taken in August 2013.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 18, 2017 at 7:41 am

Along with several depressing photos of the Palace in decay, this web page has a color photo of a corridor (probably in the mezzanine) when the splendid Spanish Baroque decor was still intact. But parts of the building must be in danger of imminent collapse.

Looking at the building from 8th Street in Google street view, the advanced decay of the brick wall of the auditorium is all too visible. There are even some shrubs and what appear to be at least two small trees growing from the tops of the walls. That is the very last stage of decay before a wall just crumbles. The time when the Palace can still be saved is very short, if it has not in fact already run out. I don’t know how long ago Google’s street views were taken.

TattooTonyAlton on June 18, 2017 at 5:40 am

Part 1. Exploring The Palace Theater, Gary Indiana

DonaldKirk on February 1, 2017 at 5:28 pm

I will be very realistic about my proposal. Unless the people of Gary get involved with it, or supporting it, the likely of it happening are far less. I have studied Gary in-depth and realize that the city officials do not know what they are doing. You bring jobs back along with the rebuilding; and do not just keep spending money demolishing. Tourism is the right way for Gary to go. Yes, Trump failed in Gary; BUT, he spent $100 Million doing it. Some are upset that he did not keep spending; when the economy was “on a downturn”. It’s now time to bring the tourists “TO GARY”; and to gladly leave their money when they leave. Rebuilding the Palace, Municipal Auditorium and Kilroy Stadium will take time; but, the field of Kilroy could become a concert & event center,while the rebuild takes place. Remember the Jackson’s did one of their “first” performances there; and that is the key to making my company’s proposal work. I and my people are trained in the Walt Disney Imagineering business methods; and it works for Disney; and will work in Gary. With your help, the Palace, Auditorium and Stadium will again be open for your enjoyment; and they will create good paying jobs for Gary residents.

DonaldKirk on February 1, 2017 at 4:41 pm

I now have sent your Mayor 2 emails and 2 other city planning employees emails and received NO reply from any of them. I have a rough draft of a proposal almost done; and by next week, will “Mail 10 – 15 copies of it to the Mayor”. I now have the only Michael Jackson tribute artist that is approved by Michael himself (Joby Rogers); who is willing to do some fundraisers in Gary. He has met the other 4 Jackson’s as well and has a pic of him with them. I believe that as a concert promoter, I can get them to also do a reduced fee or no fee concert or more, to help raise money. In my proposal, I’m including the Palace, Gilroy Stadium, the Public School’s Memorial Auditorium remains and the abandoned train station. I used to own a transportation museum, with a Monorail and Heritage Streetcars (and other rail equip); and know that I can get up to an 80% grant, to reinstall streetcar tracks, overhead, power supply and heritage equipment. It all adds up to a number that would shock you; BUT, raising money through entertainment is what I do; and even though the total would be “YIKES”, over 8 – 10 years, it all can happen. I’d turn Gary into a New York City type “Broadway Entertainment District”; which would attract people from all over IN, MI and IL (especially Chicago) to shows in Gary. There is a fact I as a producer know, that will get “Name” entertainers to book in Gary; and bypass booking in Chicago. Anyone interested in helping my company Kirk Entertainment get this approved, email me and I’ll email you a copy of the proposal’s draft. Don Kirk

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 12, 2017 at 1:54 am

Donald, watch this episode of Undercover Boss and then call the mayor. She wants to improve Gary; share your ideas with her.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 12, 2017 at 1:38 am

There was a quick shot of the marquee on a recent Undercover Boss set in Gary, at about 30 minutes in.

DonaldKirk on December 22, 2016 at 4:53 am

I was one of the management, that in 2004-2005 refurbished the California Theatre in Dunsmuir, CA. The Palace is in far worse condition, but, I know where to get needed items (like new used seats), that would literally save $1 Mil – $3 Mil, in the restoration. I also know how to get a lot of the work done at a far reduced price. I own Kirk Entertainment, producers of concers and events. I work with both name stars and “world’s best” tribute artists; who I could bring to Gary, to do fundraising events, to help raise the needed funds. I just sent the city an email asking if anything is taking place; and if not, if they’d work with me to allow me to put together a team of interested people, to get the Palace back on the road to reopening. I believe that in 2017, a lot of progress could be made, that would draw the interest of others to help. I’ve also worked in radio & television throughout my life and know how to get the media to run stories that will also help.

If you are interested in helping get the Palace reopened, please send me an email Don Kirk, owner:Kirk Entertainment

DavidZornig on February 20, 2015 at 3:03 am

Tribune article with one current photo. Copy & Paste to view.

whtesoxfan56 on November 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Gosh darnit, when I see pics like that 1928 one you posted a link to, Joe Vogel. Makes me sad that I have a strong gut feeling, that this theater will more than likely never be saved, especially considering it closed in 1972. :( At least the New Regal(nee Avalon) Theater 20 miles west on the southeast side of Chicago, might have a small chance of being saved and brought back to life. crossing fingers

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 31, 2012 at 1:16 am

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.

3Gary3 on April 8, 2012 at 10:27 pm

It seems they have a petiton to restore it

wwalker1208 on March 5, 2012 at 7:06 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.

theatre123 on March 3, 2012 at 7:46 pm

We need your support and others as well.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 3, 2012 at 3:55 am

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

theatre123 on March 2, 2012 at 5:27 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 1:25 am

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

3Gary3 on February 29, 2012 at 11:48 pm

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

theatre123 on February 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

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