Palace Theatre

1564 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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hdtv267 on October 18, 2020 at 2:17 am

the comments below the scanned advert ask those same questions, doesn’t look like there was an answer then.

bigjoe59 on October 17, 2020 at 3:09 pm


on page 2 of the photo section is an ad for the continuous performances at popular prices engagement of Cleopatra. this was after its lengthy roadshow run at the Rivoli. now the ad does not contain the often used catchphrase “nothing cut but the prices”. so I’m guessing this engagement used the same 3hr. 15min. edit that I saw at the Valentine Theater in the Bronx.

bigjoe59 on October 7, 2020 at 11:07 am


thanks to Cine Tech for your detailed post. though I saw the 1969 re-issue at the Palace twice I don’t remember how different it was from the Nov. 1959 cut which premiered at the Loews State. was the fact that the June 1969 roadshow re-issue the Palace was an edited version ever mentioned in the publicity prior to the engagement?

bigjoe59 on October 6, 2020 at 12:22 pm


in fact I saw the 10th Anniversary Re-Issue of Ben-Hur twice. I remember the size of the screen was large and the sound was great but I can’t be sure how the picture and sound related to the technical specifics you asked about.

they did sell a souvenir program that was the same as the 1959 original expect is was softcover rather than hardcover.

also this site is acting really odd. you posted your question on May 21 yet I didn’t get the notification from CT until today Oct. 6th.

vindanpar on May 21, 2020 at 1:42 pm

How was that presentation of Ben Hur? Large screen? Excellent 65mm print? Sound? Was screen slightly tilted up as somebody said it was for Kwai? I’ve only seen musicals at the Palace so though it was a movie theater for decades it’s hard for me to imagine it.

First time was 5th row on the center aisle for Bacall in Applause. More than a year after it opened and she played it like it was opening night. Pure electricity. Years later I was helping her in a store and she was kind of unpleasant so I decided not to tell her how great she was. I thought she would have bitten my head off.

bigjoe59 on January 7, 2020 at 11:55 am


I had tickets for a matinee of the Ben-Hur rerelease the day after Judy Garland died. when you entered the lobby right before the theater proper they had portraits of all the great stars that had played the Palace. Garland’s had a black wreath around it.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 6, 2020 at 8:02 pm

Comment added on photo of roadshow booking of Ben-Hur

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 6, 2020 at 7:31 pm

Stripping it down and making it a multiplex.

Just kidding, I believe it’s landmarked, so there will be no interior changes.

bigjoe59 on January 6, 2020 at 12:55 pm


as I asked a while back what changes if any are being
made to the auditorium itself?

DavidZornig on January 6, 2020 at 10:57 am

1953 photo courtesy Library of Congress.

bigjoe59 on June 3, 2019 at 11:27 am


thanks to robboehm for your reply. my astonishment was not so much on the length of TDOAF’S reserved seat rum at the Palace but that in S.F. it wasn’t even a roadshow run at all. it has always fascinated me why a studio would open a film on a roadshow run in one city but not others. I always assumed if a film opened on a roadshow run in Manhattan it did so I every city it opened in.

robboehm on June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm

bigjoe59-NYC has a large Jewish population. That was probably a factor in the level of popularity.

DavidZornig on June 2, 2019 at 7:46 pm

YouTube link with the premiere of “Citizen Kane” in 1941, and a link with one exterior photo.

bigjoe59 on April 1, 2019 at 2:04 pm


I find it fascinating how classic Oscar winning films faired in different markets. for example The Diary of Anne Frank played here on a two performance a day reserved seat engagement for was it 6? months. in San Francisco the film’s sole 1st run engagement was a 2 week one at the Fox where it ran on a continuous performance basis.

bigjoe59 on March 31, 2019 at 2:31 pm


what changes if any are they doing to the theater’s

HomecrestGuy on December 28, 2018 at 2:11 pm

Palace Theater photo added to gallery, circa 1940 NYC Tax Photo.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 20, 2018 at 5:38 am

Dozens of photos and renderings in that link to IMBY but I didn’t see any of the proposed new 47th Street entrance and marquee…

Orlando on December 19, 2018 at 2:05 pm

The last remaining movie palace in Times Square should have been left in it’s place. What an insult to New Yorkers! I guess fire escape evacuation is not important anymore. There’s a reason for street level fire escapes. The safety and protection of lives. I hope the owners are below the THEATRE WHEN THEY RAISE IT, SHOULD IT FALL, IT SHOULD FALL ON THEM!

Cmanni on December 19, 2018 at 5:06 am

Really TERRIFIC article about the plan and technology being used to raise the Palace. The theatre will also receive a good deal of long overdue maintenance and technology upgrades in the process. Long and comprehensive article, but it contains lots of photos and illustrations. Quite an amazing project!

Mikeoaklandpark on November 10, 2018 at 1:10 pm

Is there any word or information on how long this theater will be closed to do this really stupid redevelopment. Raising the theater to make retail space underneath is the most stupid idea I ever heard of. I can' only hope the building survives. It is a legend in Times Square.

DavidZornig on November 8, 2018 at 9:19 am

1982 Getty Image, Palace in the background.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 7, 2018 at 2:45 pm

There were no newspaper movie clocks then and the RKO listings did not have show times, so I can’t tell.

bigjoe59 on August 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm


to Al A. I see what you mean by it being sold as a
light comedy based on the critics quotes you quoted.

another question about 55 Days at Peking. you said based on the screening times given in the ad for its run at the Trans Lux 85 St. that theater probably didn’t use an intermission. now the other day I was listening to the 55 Days….. soundtrack album and it does have a track titled “Intermission”. so did the Palace run it with an intermission?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 6, 2018 at 2:58 pm

bigjoe, they used quotes that described the film as “a joyous hit” and “rich in humor”. I am sure the locals knew exactly what that story was about.