Palace Theatre

276 W. Center Street,
Marion, OH 43302

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AtmosphericTheatre on February 14, 2015 at 6:59 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).

obie on November 9, 2013 at 6:03 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.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on July 19, 2010 at 8:46 am

Nice photo Wallyum.

Patsy on April 8, 2010 at 7:12 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”.

richardg on April 7, 2010 at 6:05 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.

TLSLOEWS on February 24, 2010 at 10:51 am

ery nice looking theatre,love their vertical sign.

Patsy on December 27, 2009 at 9:27 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! ;–)

Patsy on October 13, 2009 at 4:18 pm

MARION, OH â€" Sunday, October 25 at 3 p.m. the Palace’s mighty Wurlitzer organ fills the theatre as world renowned organist Dennis James accompanies the classic silent film “The Cat and the Canary.”

MPol on October 6, 2009 at 8:25 pm

What a beautiful-looking place!

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 8, 2009 at 7:09 pm

A view of the Palace Theatre at its 50th anniversay in 1978 and a view of the auditorium .

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on February 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm

A 1996 image of the Palace Theatre in Marion.

kencmcintyre on September 16, 2007 at 8:43 pm

Here is a June 1943 ad from the Marion Star:

raybradley on December 16, 2006 at 7:09 am

Amoung John Eberson’s many sky jobs, he designed this theatre and the Oklahoma City Midwest Theatre (1930-1975). Although OKC’s Midwest Theatre auditorium was longer and higher, it was also much more narrow than the Palace. Otherwise these two theatre auditorium sidewalls matched one another in design.

kencmcintyre on September 7, 2006 at 2:51 pm

There are some interesting interior photos from the 1920s on this page:

ERD on February 12, 2006 at 6:44 am

Like Proctors'theatre in Schenectady, New York, it is good to know
how well The Palace theatre is being developed to serve the people in the 21st century.

obie on January 4, 2006 at 4:36 pm

Good news!
The Palace after receiving over a half million in grants and again as much in donations will move on phase one of a three phase expansion.
Designed to compliment the exterior a 2-story pavilion will be built on the west parkinglot to provide seating for 300 at dinner tables for conventions, weddings and dinner theatres while providing a venue for small, intimate shows. The old second story offices have been gutted and new construction for theatre offices have been finished.

Phase 2+3 Include expanding the oddly shaped stage by blowing out the back wall and expanding for larger stage shows and combining the store fronts into one large concession room to better serve patrons.

My father Gerald “Obie” Obenour who served the theatre for 63 yrs. as Stage Mgr. passed away Aug. 31 and loved every minute working there.

The theatre is alive and growing stronger and serves over 100,000 patrons every year.

tsf on May 23, 2005 at 8:02 pm

The Wurlitzer is there and playing away. I saw two Chaplin movies there last Sunday with Dennis James playing. What a beautiful place!

jon6444 on March 28, 2005 at 3:22 pm

I believe it does, I saw it in the pit covered by a tarp….not sure how oftern it is used.

Patsy on March 28, 2005 at 2:41 pm

Does the theatre still have its 3/10 Wurlitzer organ?

jon6444 on January 26, 2005 at 2:13 pm

What ia great place to see a movie, I saw the incredibles a few weeks ago with my family, I forgot how nice it was to see a movie on a true big screen. My kids are use to the Danbury screening rooms (I can’t bring myself to call them “Theaters”). They loved the big screen and loved the clouds floating by even more. They also had fun after the show trying to find John Emberson’s trade mark parriot. Well worth the drive to see a movie…or just enjoy this beautiful Theatre.

richardg on May 26, 2004 at 7:00 pm

The Palace is fine example of Eberson’s talents. I had the pleasure of seeing this theatre on May 15, 2004 along with several other Ohio treasures. Immediately upon entering the auditorium you know you’ve left reality behind. While a movie certainly would enhance escapism, I’d almost be satisified just to sit in a seat and look at the theatre for 30 minutes. Then, I suppose I’d want a movie.
I saw the Drifters, Coasters, and the Platters at the Palace and it’s a great place to see a concert. It’s extreme width but short depth allows everyone close proximity to the stage.
Marion is the popcorn capitol of the U.S. so it flows readily — even during concerts.