Palace Theatre

165 Main Street,
Danbury, CT 06810

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The Palace's Mezzanine/Balcony

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Opened on September 6, 1928, this 1,999 seat theater features a classically designed auditorium with a long oval lobby with Corinthian columns and a nice balustrade, and a large Carrera marble statue. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

It was triplexed some years back in an effort to stay alive(orchestra divided down the middle, balcony walled off into separate screen).

Sadly, it closed in 1995, but in 2008, the owner Joe DaSilva announced plans to renovate and reopen a restored Palace Theatre as a single-screen venue for performing arts and movies.

To this end, significant initial renovations were done – repainting in lobbies, auditorium seats cleaned, and new carpeting installed in time for the Palace Theatre to host a portion of the Connecticut Film Festival in May 2008.

Further renovations will come as it is restored into a single-screen venue for performing arts and movies.

Contributed by Roger Katz, Dave Litterer

Recent comments (view all 116 comments)

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on June 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I’m very happy today. I was doing research at the Danbury Museum for an unrelated project the last few days and found many pictures of the Palace, Capitol and Empress Theatres, and not just the traditional “Images of America” book pictures. I’ve found countless viewspoints including aerial!!!

Unfortunately, I cannot post pics still, so I’ll send them over to Roger Katz. For folks interested in these great black and white and some color photos, I’d be happy to email them to you in a zipped file. They are great.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I would like to see them Dave,my e-mail is on my homepage.Thanks.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on June 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm

i emailed them to you just now, but they bounced back.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on June 11, 2010 at 5:43 am

I’d love to see the pictures. Thank you!

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on January 12, 2011 at 5:39 am

Great update on the Palace renovations and cost. View link

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on March 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I struck gold! I was researching today for a doc I’m producing and Diane at the Museum showed me an old postcard of the 1934 blizzard with the Empress and Palace marquees visible.

I’ll post them later today as well as photocopies of pics (the person didn’t want to donate) of the Capitol’s exterior and INTERIOR! Not ornate at all.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on March 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I struck gold! I was researching today for a doc I’m producing and Diane at the Museum showed me an old postcard of the 1934 blizzard with the Empress and Palace marquees visible.

I’ll post them later today as well as photocopies of pics (the person didn’t want to donate) of the Capitol’s exterior and INTERIOR! Not ornate at all.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on March 5, 2011 at 6:33 am

Postcard from 1934 showing Palace and Empress marquees.
Both movies, “Six of a Kind” and “Long Lost Father” are from 1934.

http://yfrog.com/h2e623j

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on April 10, 2011 at 5:19 am

CT Film Fest 2011, Palace pics. View link

cinemascope
cinemascope on May 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm

In the 1976 film ONE SUMMER LOVE (originally titled DRAGONFLY) Susan Sarandon plays a candy/popcorn girl at the Palace and the marquee, lobby, mezzanine, auditorium and even manager’s office are shown. A hard to find film that popped up on TV today here in Richmond, VA. Hope all get to see it.

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