by Chris Hale                         address: 1564 Broadway
9 July 2008                                         (between 46th & 47th St.)
                                                          New York, NY 10036
                                                          Phone: (212) 730-8200  

   The Palace Theatre was built, in 1913, by West Coast vaudeville showman Martin Beck with the designs by architects Kirchoff & Rose. The Palace Theatre is primarily known for its vaudeville and theatrical history and the famous line “We’re goin’ to New York to play the Palace!”. In 1932, the Palace Theatre became a movie house since vaudeville shows were no longer popular. The Palace Theatre gained the reputation as being “the place” for the big stars to perform at and included concerts and performances by: Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Jerry Lewis, Harry Houdini, and Diana Ross. In 1966, the theatre returned to its theatrical roots with the successful play Sweet Charity starring Gwen Verdon. The theatre seats 1784 although the large second balcony has an infamous reputation of all the seats having an obstructed view of the stage. The Palace Theatre has several bars located on all levels for refreshments and snacks. The Palace Theatre is owned by the Nederlander Organization and Stewart F. Lane. Among the successful productions at this theatre includes: Woman of the Year (starring Lauren Bacall), La Cage aux Folles, Disney’s Aida, Man of La Mancha, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Cyrano (starring Christopher Plummer), Lestat, Applause (starring Lauren Bacall), George M!, The Will Rogers Follies, and the recent musical hit Legally Blonde.