Palace Theatre

1564 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 31, 2018 at 6:50 pm

A quick search shows you are correct. Baxter replaced Bacall July 26, 1971. Arlene Dahl later replace Baxter for one month before the show closed July 27, 1972.

https://www.nytimes.com/1971/07/27/archives/theater-anne-baxter-she-succeeds-lauren-bacall-in-applause-in-an-in.html

https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-production/applause-3519

vindanpar
vindanpar on May 31, 2018 at 6:20 pm

I should have said the recently posted circa ‘69 photo. This was the beginning of the steep decline of Times Square. Although for those who were already visiting it they might say it began earlier. Unfortunately the great wraparound DeMille billboard was to feature only one more movie and that was a softcore porn film which I believe was called Ginger. I’m basing this all on memory. No more Hawaii or Spartacus spectaculars. Not even a Shoes of the Fisherman or Battle of Britain.

vindanpar
vindanpar on May 31, 2018 at 5:40 pm

Circa ‘69 is in early 70s. You can see Anne Baxter is in Applause and I believe she replaced Bacall in '71. I saw Bacall do it in June of '71 and that same summer I saw Cliff Gorman in Lenny the billboard of which you can also see in that photo.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 19, 2018 at 5:43 pm

Circa 1983 photo added via John Michael Wilkinson‎.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on February 1, 2018 at 3:54 pm

Hello-

are the Nederlenders still going thru with their plan to raise the theater 2 stories?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 30, 2018 at 7:33 pm

1955 photo added via Al Ponte’s Time Machine-New York Facebook page.

NYer
NYer on October 27, 2017 at 6:26 am

I would agree Ed, but with the introduction of LED signs on marquees at The Amsterdam and The Music Box, it eliminates the need for expensive painted plastics for each engagement and they can advertise other shows at their theaters at the same time. I wonder if they will try do something if they can.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 26, 2017 at 4:47 pm

During that last renovation, they scrapped the original Seventh Ave facade entirely (marquee and office building above the entry foyer included) and incorporated it into the facade of the new high rise hotel that was constructed above and around the theater at the corner of W 47th. So, a recreation of the original marquee is probably not in the cards. It would actually look entirely incongruous with the rest of the facade, frankly.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 26, 2017 at 4:21 pm

I still think the idea is stupid. Bigjoe59 I know they did a lot of renovations while they were closed from 88-91. I still would like to see the prior marquees restored

NYer
NYer on October 26, 2017 at 3:17 pm

SpongeBob SquarePants The Musical begins previews on November 6, 2017 and opens December 4, 2017 for an opened engagement. So as long as this show is playing here, nothing will happen.

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Up-on-the-Marquee-SPONGEBOB-SQUAREPANTS-20170922

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on October 26, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Hello-

to lazydave- why can’t they simply renovate the Palace to its original condition as is? otherwise I have this picture in my head of the theater collapsing onto 7th Avenue.

lazydave
lazydave on October 25, 2017 at 8:44 pm

Haven’t seen any reports since 2015 about the proposed renovation, but apparently the project is still alive. Unlike others who have commented, I quite like the proposal. The only part of the original Palace still extant is the auditorium, and it will be not only preserved but also restored to its original condition. So what if it is raised 29 feet? Retail space at street level in that area is enormously valuable, so it makes perfect sense for the owners to access that value. It is wonderful that they are willing to invest big bucks to save the Palace for ages to come.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 29, 2017 at 10:42 pm

1940 photo added courtesy of David Kroger.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on December 27, 2016 at 6:55 am

Thank you HDTV267. Awesome history of a great theater.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 18, 2016 at 10:42 pm

Circa 1926 photo added, credit Duke University Collection.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on January 29, 2016 at 4:15 pm

NYer I agree 100% about the marquee.

robboehm
robboehm on January 29, 2016 at 10:59 am

Concept boggles the mind.

vindanpar
vindanpar on January 28, 2016 at 7:37 pm

This makes so much sense when the retail space can go above it instead. Even if this succeeds what are the long term consequences for such an old building? Nobody has any idea. For God’s sake why can’t they leave the theater as it is?

Miserable wretched Ed Koch who did everything he could to destroy the Morosco and Helen Hayes(not to mention the Gaiety, Astor and Bijou)must be dancing a jig in hell.

NYer
NYer on January 25, 2016 at 6:01 pm

A very missed Marquee in Times Square. The new “modern” marquee is an epic failure. Would be wondrous if they restored a proper marquee when they renovate.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 25, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Current article about expansion plans. Requires an e-mail sign-in to access.

http://newyorkyimby.com/2015/11/palace-theater-to-be-lifted-29-feet-for-expanded-facilities-and-retail.html

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 16, 2015 at 7:23 pm

I’ll be here Wednesday night for An American in Paris.

Kind of bittersweet…

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 16, 2015 at 4:20 pm

1920’s photo added courtesy of the What Was There website. Fade from then to Now on website below.

http://www.whatwasthere.com/browse.aspx#!/ll/40.759449,-73.985184/id/19195/info/sv/zoom/14/

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 22, 2015 at 12:23 am

1929 photo added courtesy of the Duke University Collection.

1938 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page. B.F. Keith’s Palace marquee.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 19, 2015 at 12:39 pm

1953 photo added, photo credit Samuel Gottscho.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 2, 2015 at 9:24 pm

1978 photo added courtesy of the NYC 1950 to Present Facebook page.