Palace Theatre

31 Buffalo Street,
Hamburg, NY 14075

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Much nicer than the typical village theatre, the Palace Theatre in Hamburg, is a great theatre in which to see a movie. The theatre building’s Neo-Classical exterior is comprised of two store fronts, some second floor offices and, of course, the theatre. The Palace’s sky blue ceiling with its indirect neon cove lighting are reminiscent of an atmospheric ceiling, but the Palace Theatre is not an Atmospheric style theatre.

The Palace Theatre opened on January 14, 1926 with Norma Shearer in “His Secretary”. It has had several owners during its nearly 80 year existence. Probably most notably were the Blatt brothers who during their prime owned approximately 25 theatres in the Western New York area. Today, and for the past 23 years the Palace Theatre has been owned by Joe and his pride of ownership is evident from the moment you enter the theatre. The theatre is kept immaculate; the seats have all been re-upholstered in a very original looking velvet; and the floor is clean and shiny. Yes, the screen is even curtained and draped.

The Palace Theatre is open seven days per week and has a minimum fourteen showings per week. The Palace Theatre does not have a balcony.

I could say much more about the Palace Theatre and probably will in the comment section but I’m hoping some of you will visit the theatre personally to see its appeal first-hand and to enjoy a movie also.

Contributed by richard Grows

Recent comments (view all 45 comments)

Patsy on November 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Lost: After a closer inspection I see that the marquee is new, but too bad the neighboring storefronts aren’t more attractive with nice retail businesses.

Patsy on November 20, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Both storefronts have vintage glass above their entrances which makes them both appealing to the eye, in that regard.

Patsy on November 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I agree, but the campaigns are over! I will have to ask the owner of the Palace what the status is for those 2 storefronts. The one has window curtains….so not sure.

Patsy on November 21, 2009 at 10:30 am

I agree…no tax revenue! It would make the theatre more appealing with up and running businesses on both sides to help bring in patrons for them and for the cinema.

LouB on November 26, 2009 at 2:26 pm

I attended the Stoogefest at the Palace. It was nice seeing these timeless comedies in a historic theatre.

LouB on July 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm

The website below updates restoration efforts regarding the marquee.

Patsy on July 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm

LouB: Thanks for the Buffalo News link! I have heard there is an outdoor cafe near the Palace. It would be fun to meet there for lunch some afternoon and tour the Palace. My husband and I are in the western NY area and can be reached at

Patsy on July 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I brought up the link, but didn’t see any text…only a great photo of the underside of the marquee being restored. Can you repost this Buffalo News article?

LouB on February 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm

The above link is a recent article in the Buffalo News about the Palace.

Patsy on February 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

LouB: A wonderful post about a survivor theatre! I have never met the Palace Theatre owner, but hope to this summer as I have talked to him over the phone!

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