Palace Theatre

276 W. Center Street,
Marion, OH 43302

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obie
obie on November 10, 2013 at 2:03 am

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. marionpalace.org for contact information.

DonLewis
DonLewis on September 8, 2010 at 12:58 am

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Nice photo Wallyum.

Patsy
Patsy on April 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm

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
richardg on April 8, 2010 at 2:05 am

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
TLSLOEWS on February 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm

ery nice looking theatre,love their vertical sign.

Patsy
Patsy on December 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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
Patsy on October 14, 2009 at 12:18 am

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
MPol on October 7, 2009 at 4:25 am

What a beautiful-looking place!

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 9, 2009 at 3:09 am

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

DonLewis
DonLewis on February 9, 2009 at 2:26 am

A 1996 image of the Palace Theatre in Marion.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 17, 2007 at 4:43 am

Here is a June 1943 ad from the Marion Star:
http://tinyurl.com/267t8a

raybradley
raybradley on December 16, 2006 at 3:09 pm

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
kencmcintyre on September 7, 2006 at 10:51 pm

There are some interesting interior photos from the 1920s on this page:
http://tinyurl.com/pgldg

ERD
ERD on February 12, 2006 at 2:44 pm

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
obie on January 5, 2006 at 12:36 am

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
tsf on May 24, 2005 at 4:02 am

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

jon6444
jon6444 on March 29, 2005 at 12:22 am

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

Patsy
Patsy on March 28, 2005 at 11:41 pm

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

jon6444
jon6444 on January 26, 2005 at 10:13 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
richardg on May 27, 2004 at 3:00 am

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.