Palace Theatre

121 Market Street,
Passaic, NJ 07055

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Palace Theatre

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The Palace Theatre is located on Market Street in Passaic. It has a fairly large exterior, and the theater name is still visible at the top of the facade.

It opened in 1925, and by the 1950’s it was playing sub-run double features. In the mid-1960’s, it became a church, while still playing Spanish movies. They also had a weekly bingo night. In the 1970’s, it became a full-time gospel church, and seemed to be very popular. At that time, they still had the original marquee, and I can remember lots of neon, although I never saw it lit.

The church moved out, and the building sat abandoned for many years. We were able to finally see the interior in the mid-1990’s when they were gutting it. There looked to be extensive water damage, and one entire wall was completely stripped of plaster and was down to the bare cinder blocks. The projection booth was still intact, and we found a pair of 1956-vintage SuperScope lens attachments, as well as original 1953 film leader from a 3-D print of Columbia’s “Man in the Dark”. On one side of the proscenium, there was a huge neon clock with the Palace Theatre name across the top.

The booth was permanently sealed off with concrete. The balcony was removed, and the floor leveled. The building is now used as a storage warehouse.

Contributed by Bob Furmanek

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BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on September 3, 2004 at 12:53 pm

I just learned that this theater had 1400 seats.

teecee
teecee on March 11, 2005 at 10:10 pm

Listed in the 1951 FDY at 121 Market Street.

ctcirc
ctcirc on March 23, 2005 at 9:18 pm

This theater was built and operated by Harry Hecht who died in May, 1951 in Passaic.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 7:50 am

Listed as part of Independent Theater Service, Inc. in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 23, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Here is part of an October 1999 article concerning the current occupant:
http://tinyurl.com/ycc6w65

ThePhotoplayer
ThePhotoplayer on March 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm

The style of this theater’s architecture is Adam/Greek Revival. I was able to talk some of the employees into seeing the warehouse inside, which was actually the main auditorium. The balcony has been leveled and turned into additional storage. As mentioned, the floor was leveled. The proscenium and stage are still intact, and there is a prominent acoustical dome above the stage area.

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