Palace Theatre

5th Avenue at Hoosick Street (SW Corner),
Troy, NY 12180

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The Palace in Troy was a neighborhood house that probably opened in the 20’s. It was located near the Proctor’s, Troy Theatre, the Gaiety, and the American, so it probably was a last-run house.

I recall riding by the theatre as a child frequently in the mid-70’s. It was in use as the local hall for the Papermakers' Union, but the large, semi-circular marquee with cursive “Palace” letters on top was still there. Apparently, the theatre closed in the 60’s due to fire, and the papermakers' repurposed it. The marquee’s white milk glass was charred and melted at the bottom and resembled a dripping candle, but they decided for some reason to leave it there.

The whole building was demolished a short time after for construction of the new Hoosick Street bridge.

Contributed by Joe Masher

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markp2328
markp2328 on June 19, 2006 at 5:19 pm

The Palace anchored the north end of the block I grew up on. It was a second-run neighborhood theater seating about 600. While I only have fleeting memories of seeing films there as a small boy, my dad worked part-time at The Palace, for many years, changing the marquee and replacing the posters and stills and carrying down the films from the booth. Actually, it wasn’t located downtown near the first-run houses. It was in a neighborhood business block about a mile and a half north of downtown. For years it was managed by a gentleman named Vic Bunns (not sure of that spelling).

charlie35
charlie35 on August 17, 2007 at 6:46 pm

I think Joe may have The Palace Theater confused with the Palace Diner, which was under the Collar City (Hoosick Street) bridge.

mikeoo
mikeoo on September 9, 2007 at 5:57 pm

I stumbled on this website by accident looking for the Palace Diner, which was located at the bottom of Hoosick St, on River St. The Palace Theatre, Papermakers Hall, was ,located on the south west corner of Hoosick St & Fifth Ave, I registered for the Armory Little League in the 1950’s & 60’s. It was also a stop for the old Fifth Ave bus line. I walked the Hoosick St, Fifth, Sixth, & Seventh Ave areas many times as a kid – if you happen to have any old pictures of those areas I’d be interested in seeing them. I remember when the North South arterial was supposed to happen (now I787) & the powers to be demolished a lot of houses on 8th St, 7th Ave, & 6th Ave…. prior to the Troy Atrium………
Mikeoo

markp2328
markp2328 on September 17, 2007 at 5:05 pm

I had forgotten about the Palace Diner. It was just across the street from a Shell gas station. I always remember that even though it was closest to our house, my dad refused to buy gas there because he said they charged too much. He use to drive about four blocks so he didn’t have to pay 29 cents a gallon. Boy! Those were the days. We lived on Fifth Avenue between Hoosick and Hutton across the street from St. Peter’s School. I wish I had photos, but I don’t.

joemasher
joemasher on November 14, 2008 at 6:03 pm

If anyone has pictures of the Palace in Troy, please post them! It would be great to see what this place looked like. I’ve never had any success at finding pictures of this place, either in the local library or historical society, or online.

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