Palace Theatre demolished - Superior WI

posted by robsrob on November 6, 2006 at 7:25 am

SUPERIOR, WI — What a sad day… brings a tear to my eyes. What a shame. Click on this link to the Superior Telegram for Palace Demolition and of which you can view 18 pictures,

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Natalieland2006 on November 6, 2006 at 12:53 pm

Yes indeed, it is. This theater could have been very good for a ‘CATS’ play or other remarkable Broadway musical shows. This is a good example of what the late Jackie Gleason meant when he was asking “what’s the world coming to?” It appears that this theater could have been easily marketed better or given to a university theater division in the name of higher education. There are countless ways to revitalize theatrical uses of any given vintage theater. Many awe at the theaters over in Europe. I do like the ancient theaters over in Greece and Italy. A theatrical industry associate by the name of Natalie Tiehen, is very fond of public theaters, such as the Globe. She also likes private theaters. Theater masks are rare, as they were common in the Middle Ages for both private and public theater performances.

In the second and third grades, I had learned “back in the day” of art colors. I made a geometric ball with circles, hexagons or other applicable shapes, using construction paper and glue. We also made plaster masks to be custom painted for costume use. We were taught creativity and originality. We had to use our thinking “caps” in elementary school. Many parents think children aren’t being pushed hard enough these days.

Many college students don’t exhibit these types of traits. That in turn, is affecting our society with people not getting quality education, like they had in the past.

Theaters, like zoos, have provided for social interaction for ages, unlike albums, cassettes, CDs, computers, DVDs, Internet, newspapers, radios, televisions and so forth. It also appears many people prefer social isolation.

Books and pianos are becoming things of the past, like a lot of other things. E-mails are replacing birthday or other greeting cards. Movies and television productions do not have the quality work put into their scripts that they had years ago. “Old timers” are getting tired of our “throw away” society. They often exclaim that almost nothing is “what it used to be.” What ever happened to originality? There’s often too much “same as your neighbor’s stuff.” Antiques and artifacts do need to be saved too.

There are too many “copycats” doing remake work in the entertainment industry. Aspiring artists need to create their own work instead of copying someone else’s.

On a brighter note, for those of you active or involved in the theater industry, please keep me posted on other vintage theaters that are seeking new owners and groups willing to help fund theater restorations and revitalizations. We all like the stories of theaters being saved and put back into use. We all can collaborate for nice theatric goals.

I certainly do hope that you have a very nice day in “Natalieland!” Have a better one tomorrow in the world of theaters.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 6, 2006 at 4:56 pm

You must understand that I support preservation. Otherwise why would I be here? But this place looks like it was in really awful shape. At some point you have to ask: is it worth the many, many millions that would be required?

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[Deleted] on November 6, 2006 at 7:40 pm

I agree with Matt. It seems we are in the midst of a preservation emergency, so to speak, in this country.

BCMcKinney on November 21, 2006 at 11:28 am

I cannot say just how difficult it would have been to renovate this theatre. However I know that it can be done. The Fox Tucson Theatre looked just as bad before its renovation. To date it has now had over 135 shows since its reopening in 2005.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 21, 2006 at 6:30 pm

I don’t think the Fox Tucson had quite fallen to this level. The pictures I saw just made it look really dirty. However, it is possible that you saw photos of building areas that I haven’t seen.

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