1125 W. 5th Street,
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Opened on December 25, 1927 with Jean Hersholt in “Alias the Deacon”. Located on W. 5th Street close to S. Williams Street, the Palace Theatre became one of the most popular theatres in Dayton’s predominantly black West Side. For part of its history, the Palace Theatre was the equivalent of the Apollo Theatre in New York City’s Harlem, with Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billy Eckstine among the many stars that performed there.
Stage shows ended in the 1950’s, but movies continued at the Palace Theatre until it closed on December 19, 1957 with Carol Ohmart in “The Scarlet Hour” & Walter Brennan in “Goodbye my Lady”. It became a church name Ghetto Palace which was closed by a fire in August 1975. After standing vacant for decades, the Palace Theatre was demolished in 2002.
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