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Palace, Albany (Official)
Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson
Previous Names: RKO Palace Theatre
News About This Theater
- Dec 7, 2007 — December Movies at the Palace Theatre
- Nov 1, 2007 — November Movies at the Palace Theater
- Sep 14, 2007 — 2007/2008 Movie Series at the Palace Theatre
- Feb 7, 2007 — February movies at the Palace
- Jan 4, 2007 — Upcoming movies at the Palace in Albany, NY
- Nov 13, 2006 — November and December Movies at the Palace
- Oct 13, 2006 — Movie Times for the Palace Theatre
- Sep 27, 2006 — More Movies at the Palace Theatre
- Sep 25, 2006 — "The Public Enemy" Showing at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY
- May 26, 2006 — Replacing the organ at the Palace Theatre
- Jun 15, 2005 — Movies Return to the Palace Theatre in Albany
- Jan 3, 2005 — Raiders of the Lost Ark to screen at Palace Theatre
The RKO Palace Theatre was opened in October 23, 1931 with Ann Harding in “Devotion” on the screen and RKO vaudeville on stage. It had 3,764 seats and was equipped with a Wurlitzer 4 manual, 20 ranks organ. It was built by Fabian Securities Ltd. and leased to RKO. Designed by noted theatre architect John Eberson in a Baroque/semi-Atmospheric style. Seating is now provided for 1,541 in the orchestra and 1,303 in the balcony. The proscenium is 63 feet wide and the stage 33 feet deep. In 1960, it was renovated and a new facade and marquee were installed over the entrance. The Palace Theatre was closed as a movie theatre in September 1969.
It was purchased from Fabian by the city, for use as a civic auditorium. In 1979, it was placed on the Register of Historic Places. Many stars such as The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springstein, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Melisa Etheridge and Jerry Seinfeld have performed on the Palace Theatre stage. The Palace Theatre is also home to the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
Extensive renovations were carried out in 2002, and a replica of the original 1931 marquee was installed in 2004. Now part of Albany’s resurging theatre district, the Palace Theatre is home to concerts and live shows. Once a vibrant movie palace, it has risen again as a prime venue for concerts in the state capital.
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