The Palace Theatre: Arts, Culture, Education & Entertainment
Editor's Note 10/14/20 10:40am: The Palace Theatre has been forced to shut down due to restrictions on public gatherings in New York State. Tickets for all postponed shows will be honored at the rescheduled dates. Scroll down to read more and find out how you can support this valuable Albany venue.
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The Palace Theatre, operated by the nonprofit Palace Performing Arts Center, has been a cultural icon and prime entertainment spot in the Capital Region for decades. The Palace has hosted everything from rock concerts to classic movies, from comedians to kids entertainment.
From Movie House to Multi-Faceted Entertainment Venue
This magnificent building was designed by famous theatre architect John Eberson, and although the facility has seen many upgrades over the years it still retains touches of the past and original design features, like the spectacular brass chandelier in the main lobby. The Palace Theatre initially presented vaudeville acts between feature films and grew to become Albany's prime first-run movie house.
With the invention of the television the movie house days went to the wayside and the theatre closed its doors in September of 1969. The City of Albany purchased the theatre that same year to use as a civic auditorium. In 1979, the Palace was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 1984, the Palace Performing Arts Center was established to operate the theatre, and this nonprofit helped to transform the Palace into one of the most diversified venues in the Capital Region.
Since then, the Palace has welcomed the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Bruce Springstreen, Alice Cooper, and more music legends, as well as children's theatrical productions, city-sponsored events, and much more.
Support Your Local Theatre! How You Help the Palace Stay a Vibrant Performing Arts Center
Like many businesses The Palace Theatre has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, having been forced to reschedule all shows. Your support goes towards: preserving entertainment and culture in Albany, providing arts education programming to over 25,000 children a year, providing free summer movies to over 6,000 under-served local children, and ensuring The Palace can continue providing important cultural events and traditions like Black History Month festivities.
Here are three things you can do to help:
1) Donate money by texting Palace2020 to 44321 or donate here.
2) Contact your representatives and ask them to support the Save the Stages Act. You can also write the Mayor, your City Council Member, and your County Legislator to let them know how much the Palace means to you.
3) Help spread the word about Palace Sessions, a monthly live music series featuring some of their favorite regional acts performing in unique spaces within the performing arts center.