Designed by John Eberson, the world's foremost theatre architect of the time, the RKO owned Palace Theatre spared no expense in its design and boasted an ornate Austrian Baroque design with "atmospheric" elements. Though many changes have taken place since it opened in 1931, the Palace has retained most of its original design features including impressive brass chandeliers, masterful plaster work and original hand painted murals by Hungarian artists Andrew Karoly & Louis Szanto.
Originally presenting vaudeville acts between feature films, the Palace Theatre quickly became Albany's premier first-run movie house and in the decades that followed hosted some of the biggest names and music and entertainment. In recognition of its architectural and historical significance, the Palace Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Established in 1984 and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in 1989, the Palace Performing Arts Center, Inc. was created to operate the Palace Theatre and utilize its full potential as a cultural and entertainment center in Albany.
The Palace underwent extensive renovations throughout 2002 and 2003, including a new state-of-the-art LED marquee, replicating the original design. Today, the Palace proudly continues its tradition of hosting the finest in live entertainment. Home to the Albany Symphony, artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison, Tony Bennett, and Melissa Etheridge have graced the palace stage over the years, along with world-class ballet, Broadway, family and children's theatrical productions and a classic film series.
Telephone: Administrative: 518.465.3335
Telephone: Box Office: 518.694.4663
Address: 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany, New York 12207, USA
Visit: Palace Performing Arts Center online at www.palacealbany.org