Palace Theatre

165 Main Street,
Danbury, CT 06810

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DavidZornig on May 31, 2019 at 7:09 am

Historic Buildings of Connecticut link with the reason behind the 1999 seats.

spectrum on November 27, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Can’t find any recent news reports about the renovation but from the pictures at their official website it looks like they’ve done a great job restoring the lobby areas – they look quite beautiful.

It also looks like they have a reasonably active schedule of shows and events, live performances, concerts and occasional movies.

No views of the auditoria – from the seating map on their website it looks like they still haven’t yet removed the partitions and are still working out of one half of the orchestra section. But what renovations they’ve done look great and they have a reasonably active schedule, which are the most important things at this point. The article linked from above indicates they’re looking at approx. 17 million for the renovation, which is not high at all compared to other renovations I’ve seen attempted so I think it’s quite doable – I expect progress will continue to happen.

cinemascope on May 7, 2012 at 11:28 am

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.

bicyclereporter on April 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

CT Film Fest 2011, Palace pics. View link

bicyclereporter on March 4, 2011 at 10:33 pm

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

bicyclereporter on March 3, 2011 at 1:57 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 on March 3, 2011 at 1:57 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 on January 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Great update on the Palace renovations and cost. View link

ChasSmith on June 10, 2010 at 9:43 pm

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

bicyclereporter on June 6, 2010 at 11:40 am

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

TLSLOEWS on June 6, 2010 at 10:24 am

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

bicyclereporter on June 4, 2010 at 2:50 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.

bicyclereporter on May 24, 2010 at 8:55 am

And now they have an Artistic Director.

bicyclereporter on May 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

now has a website…

barkingart on April 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

great to see all the progress since I last posted here 3 years ago! I can’t wait to hear when it is finally restored to the original single theater design.

shoeshoe14 on December 28, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Vaudeville is back at the Palace as one of many events at First Night Danbury.

View link

and to honor the history of the Palace Theater, which opened in 1926 as a vaudeville house, a series of contemporary vaudeville performances hosted by Sean Grissom, who for the past ten years has done similar honors for the Holiday Vaudevilles at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

shoeshoe14 on November 15, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Great news. This Saturday, the Palace theater, in conjunction with the CTFF and City Center Danbury, will present the CT Premiere and nationwide, pre-theatrical release of “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” (already shown at Berlin FF). Produced by Roxbury, CT-native and daughter of Henry Miller, Rebecca Miller and filmed in Danbury, Southbury and New Milford; it features a star-studded cast.

They were filming with all trucks next door to the Palace at the opening night of CTFF ‘07 and now we can own it.

Welcome Cocktail Reception 6:30pm, Screening at 7:30pm
After Party @ Two Steps Downtown Grille immediately following the film.

Tickets for reception, film and party $10.

shoeshoe14 on October 16, 2009 at 8:55 am

Talk about more diverse programming. The Danbury Museum is teaming up with the Railway Museum to offer a mystery movie night at the Palace on Nov. 7 showing, “Murder on the Orient Express” for $40, including a wine and hors d'oeuvres hour and silent auction.

Not to toot my own horn, but we originally were going to use the rail museum as a venue for the CTFF but it fell apart at the last minute. I spent countless hours programming and acquiring movies while their staff bent over and met with us many times and signed off on it. I was very disappointed it didn’t work out. We had 10 railroad movies scheduled every day, the same ones, including Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train” (1950) which was shot at the station, the Danbury Fair and 2 downtown establishments. Warner Brothers gave a collection of stills to them which is always on display.

Glad to see it happen.

shoeshoe14 on October 15, 2009 at 9:05 am

Danbury hires architect to study Palace renovation.
By Robert Miller

DANBURY — The city has hired the Hartford-based JCJ Architecture to study what’s needed to renovate the Palace Theater on Main Street.

City Planner Dennis Elpern said Thursday that JCJ won out over 24 other firms that submitted bids for the six-month study. A $45,000 grant from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and a $10,000 donation by the theater’s owner, Joseph DaSilva, will pay for the work.

Elpern said JCJ has national experience in theater renovations, including working on the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. And part of the firm’s team — AMS Planning& Research Corp. of Fairfield — has worked with many theaters in Connecticut and around the United States on theater management.

Elpern said it’s important to learn not only whether the Palace can be renovated, but also how — and if — if can be run as a successful business.

“We told all the applicants not to tell us what we want to hear,” Elpern said. “Tell us what we need to know.”

shoeshoe14 on September 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Forgot to post this last week, but the Danbury Common Council voted to approve going forward with the $50k study on the Palace and the addition of $10k by Joe DaSilva.

There is a nine month window to use all the money and it’s not contingent on passing of the state budget, which is good news.

shoeshoe14 on August 15, 2009 at 11:03 am

No website yet.

Tbe News-Times editorial from earlier this week announces the CT Trust for Historic Preservation’s awarding of a $45,000 grant to study the future of the Palace. DaSilva has promised to add another $10k of his own money.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on July 27, 2009 at 4:25 am

Does it have a website? What events is it hosting?

shoeshoe14 on July 17, 2009 at 8:46 am

Right on target, the News-Times editorial endorses starting a “Friends of The Palace” and urges community support.

To all the DaSilva naysayers (i used to be one of them), the man put in $500k into the Palace so far for the CTFF and other events. This is no small amount and is truly a community investment.

shoeshoe14 on July 12, 2009 at 8:10 pm

The Palace is open for ANYTHING, according to DaSilva. That’s great. Everyone’s on board for revitalization. Since the CTFF, it’s open for any event at the time and there’s been many events since then and pre-CTFF that played as host.

shoeshoe14 on January 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm

While on business this afternoon at Plaid on the top floor of the Empress, they have two pictures in the lobby of the Empress with one of the photos on the left where the Democratic HQ is, showing Furniture Outlet.