Palace Theater

100 East Main Street,
Waterbury, CT 6702

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Poli's Palace Theatre, Waterbury, CT -- 1929

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Built in 1922 by renowned architect Thomas W. Lamb, the Palace Theater, nationally recognized as the flagship theater of the Loew’s Poli chain, is an exquisite example of one of the last great move palaces which flourished during the golden age of cinema.

Registered as a National Historic treasure, the Palace’s elegant lobbies, crystal chandeliers, gold detailing, almost 3,500 seat capacity auditorium, along with its Broadway-sized stage, make this the largest seating capacity theater of its kind in all of New England.

The theater has undergone a massive restoration and renovation project that expanded the theater’s stage and reduced seating capacity to 2900. The Palace Theater reopened in November of 2004.

Contributed by Greg Lontkowski

Recent comments (view all 93 comments)

chuckgu on February 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

@Mike S:

Kiss most certainly did not set fire to the curtains. I was there on December 18, 1975. My friend’s dad drove us to the show in his Ford Galaxy 500, since us kids were only 15.

What did happen was that when people held up their lit cigarette lighters, the theater manager came out and told everyone that if they don’t put away the lighters, the band will not perform an encore. Eventually the band played their encore. It was a great show. :)

anexwaterburian on February 28, 2010 at 9:57 am

A 1950 Loew’s Poli ad in the Bridgeport Sunday Herald

anexwaterburian on February 28, 2010 at 10:04 am

Poli’s Palace Theatre marquee sometime in the 1920s.

anexwaterburian on February 28, 2010 at 10:10 am

The Palace Theater marquee in October 2009.

shoeshoe14 on March 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm

There’s a vintage postcard exhibit of Waterbury life at the nearby Mattatuck Museum until May 30. It’s only $5 for admission. I plan to go when I’m next in town, which is April 10, to see if there’s any old theatre pix.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on April 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Click here for a photograph of Poli’s Palace taken in 1929.

TLSLOEWS on June 29, 2010 at 11:59 am

Nice vintage photo Brad.

Patsy on September 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Learned of this theatre when seeing that the Fireball Run (missing children) visited Waterbury CT today and toured the theatre. They posted a photo of the awesome lobby on their FB link.

Patsy on September 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Do wish though that this theatre still had its original marquee.

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