Palace Theatre

276 W. Center Street,
Marion, OH 43302

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Postcard, PALACE Theatre; Marion, Ohio.

John Eberson designed this beautiful Atmospheric style theatre which opened on August 30, 1928, with William Haines in “Excess Baggage” on the screen and Keith-Albee vaudeville on the stage. It had 1,548 seats. The Palace Theatre also houses a 3/10 Wurlitzer theatre organ. It was restored and reopened July 4, 1976 with a production of the stage musical “1776”.

Contributed by Evan J. Chase, Tom Plassman

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Patsy on December 27, 2009 at 11:27 am

Several years ago I traveled to see the Palace in Canton Ohio and didn’t continue onto Marion Ohio to see this Palace though I do see similar simaliarities in the above posted flickr photo. Is that a tongue twister? Didn’t mean to it to be! ;–)

TLSLOEWS on February 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm

ery nice looking theatre,love their vertical sign.

richardg on April 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I returned to the Palace on April 3, 2010 and saw the movie, Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief. I can only add, “This is how movies should be shown” I bought a good size drink and popcorn for a grand total of $3.00. The lobby of the Harding Hotel (now a Senior’s home and directly across the street from the thatre) is also a must see.

Patsy on April 8, 2010 at 9:12 am

Richard G: I, too, have visited the Palace in Canton though didn’t see the Harding Hotel lobby…sounds like I missed a “must see”.

TLSLOEWS on July 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

Nice photo Wallyum.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm

From the 1920s a postcard view of the Palace Theatre in Marion.

obie on November 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm

The view of the marquee and upright is now a little bare. During an inspection the facade holding both the marquee and upright was found to be unstable and both were removed and repaired while the facade was torn down brick by brick, the large I-beams replaced and will be restored to original build. Donations would be appreciated. for contact information.

AtmosphericTheatre on February 14, 2015 at 8:59 am

“Designed for “talkies,” the Palace had to open [in 1928] with a silent motion picture [Excess Baggage] because the needed equipment for sound motion pictures had not arrived. The success of talkies, a new technology only two years before, had been widely successful. Vaudeville could not compete, and its own stars contributed to the demise of its popularity as they recorded their acts on film, resulting in no demand to see live acts that had already been seen on film.” Hoffman, Scott, A Theatre History of Marion, Ohio: John Eberson’s Palace & Beyond, p. 11 (History Press 2015).

DavidZornig on December 17, 2019 at 7:34 pm

Construction photo added courtesy Jim Smith.

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