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Palace Broadway Theatre

The Palace Theatre opened on Broadway in 1913 as a vaudeville house and featured performers like Harry Houdini and the Marx Brothers


Palace Theatre

1554 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
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The Palace Theatre is located on the southeast corner of 7th Avenue and 47th Street. It is number 14 on The Broadway Map

Take the 1 subway to 50th street. Walk south to 47th street, then east to the theater.


The Palace Theatre, which was originally attached to a 12-story office building, was designed by architects Kirchoff and Rose. The façade is an example of Beaux Arts style. The original auditorium was decorated with lavish ornamental plasterwork, and the outer lobby was decorated with marble and bronze fittings. A major renovation in 1965 was done by the famed scene designer Ralph Alswang. The Palace Theatre was restored again in the 1980s when its old office building was replaced by the skyscraper Embassy Suites Hotel. A new entrance and Broadway marquee were designed by architects Fox & Fowle.

Best Seats In The House:
The Palace Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,740 seats. As with other theaters of this size, sitting in the center orchestra or front mezzanine is recommended. The view from the first row of the balcony may be blocked by a large horizontal bar, so sitting in the rows behind the first row is recommended for the balcony. As always, box seats are not recommended, as they do not provide a clear view of the stage.
Palace Broadway Theatre

Palace Theatre Background:

The Palace Theatre opened as a vaudeville house in 1913. It was conceived by theatre impresario Martin Beck, who lost control of 75% of the Palace by the time it opened, but kept control of the booking of acts. During the vaudeville era, the Palace Theatre had such stars as Harry Houdini, W.C. Fields, and the Marx Brothers grace its stage, but from the 1930s on it struggled for survival. For many years, the Palace was a movie house, until the Nederlander Organization bought it in 1965 and restored the theater to legitimacy.

Previous Shows at the Palace Theatre:

The first big hit at the Palace Theatre after its restoration in 1966 was Sweet Charity, starring Gwen Verdon and directed by Bob Fosse. Woman of the Year, starring Lauren Bacall, won four Tony Awards, and other Tony winning musicals to open at the Palace include La Cage aux Folles and the Will Rogers Follies. The spectacular Disney musical Beauty and the Beast opened there in 1994, but transferred to the Lunt-Fontanne five years later. Recent musical productions include Elton John's Aida, All Shook Up, Lestat, Legally Blonde, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The Palace Theatre has hosted special showcases of some of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century, including Sarah Bernhardt, Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, Judy Garland, Bette Midler, Josephine Baker, and Liza Minnelli


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