Palace Theatre

2 East Avenue,
Lockport, NY 14094

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dallasmovietheaters on November 11, 2015 at 9:14 am

The $300,000 Lock Cities Theatres Circuit house launched July 18, 1925 and was leased by Famous Players-Lasky for booking Paramount films there and Keith vaudeville acts were also there at the outset. Architected by Leon H. Lempert & Son with John Moon & Co. as contractor, the storage area had 42 sets for the live vaudeville shows. At opening, it had a $25,000 Wurlitzer Hope-Jones Organ with Bobby Demming at the keys and Joseph Pomeranz as the conductor.

1,100 of the seats were on the main floor with Wilton carpeting underneath the Haywood-Wafefield seating. 500 seats in the balcony and 125 loge seats made up the 1,725 seat theatre at its launch. A curtain at the 40'x25' proscenium had a mural painted by Lusk Studios of Rochester. George T. Cruzen was the opening manager.

hammerglenn on December 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Saw the restored A STAR IS BORN here in the mid-eighties.

LouB on April 8, 2013 at 11:27 am

Digital projector is being installed according to Facebook page.

LouB on October 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm


This link shows the newly renovated marquee.

LouB on September 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm


The above link shows the upgrade being made on the marquee.

LouB on August 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm

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The above newspaper article expands on the Palace’s plight to go digital.

LouB on August 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm


This link deals with the theatre’s plan to convert to digital projection.

LouB on March 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Vandals have not deterred activity at this theatre. Check out upcoming films and live performances at:

LouB on February 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

An update on the theft at the theatre is found above.

LouB on February 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm

The above article from the Lockport Journal deals with a theft at the theatre where the copper coils from the air conditioners were stolen. What a shame!

LouB on December 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm

If you go to the above webswite and then go to the gallery you will see some impressive photos of this theatre.

LouB on July 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm

A great place to watch a film. Plenty of leg room, an enormous screen,fresh popcorn at a reasonable price and the charm of a historic theatre.

Buffalo International Film Festival
Buffalo International Film Festival on November 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm


According to these sources (and others)

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the Lockport Palace Theatre is based in some mysterious way upon the design of the Paramount Theatre in New York City.

What is particularly mysterious about this is that the Paramount Theatre in NYC was built one year AFTER the Palace.

The Lockport theater was designed by Lempert who doesn’t seem to have had anything to do with the NY theater.

Can anyone cite the source of this notion?

Thank you.

LouB on October 16, 2010 at 12:45 am

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The above article deals with the Palace turning 85.

LouB on July 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I went by the theatre today and noticed the first run film Eclipse and a play by a local theatre group both running at the same time.

It is nice to see the theatre is being used.

LouB on May 22, 2010 at 11:17 pm

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The above article deals with the plight of the Palace as they try to stay active in the movie business.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 5, 2008 at 10:16 pm

A 1996 view of the Palace Theater in Lockport here and a 2008 view here. Enlarged views here and here.

LouB on September 21, 2008 at 6:41 pm

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The above website deals with a fundraising challenge undertaken by the directors of the Palace.

Patsy on February 18, 2008 at 2:25 pm

My husband saw NT, but not in an historic theatre which would really make viewing that Nicholas Cage movie special.

LouB on February 18, 2008 at 11:46 am

I recently saw the movie National Treasure:Book of Secrets here. Seeing this film on the Palace’s big screen with its elegant surroundings certainly made this special.

NittyRanks on January 30, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I have not been in there for years. I will have to show my mom.

Patsy on December 25, 2007 at 7:38 pm

LOUB: Yes, it’s nice when theatres do both…films and live entertainment!

LouB on December 25, 2007 at 12:38 am

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In the article above the author talks about seeing a movie on the big screen and how it differs from viewing it on TV. I couldn’t agree more.

I’m glad the Palace didn’t abandon showing films when they added live entertainment to the venue.

growl on May 3, 2007 at 9:39 pm

Its nice to see that a community cares about its history.
Im from Olean NY and they tear everything down here :(
We once had a beautiful Palace Theatre (its now an Eckerd Drug Store and a parking lot)
When Im in the Buffalo area, Im going to make sure to come into Lockport. Great Job on the Palace!

Patsy on April 8, 2007 at 6:42 am

I just meant that some theatres do feature the classic movies for those over 50, I guess…like myself! LOL!