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Encyclopedia > Palace Theatre, New York
The Palace Theatre, circa 1920. The Palace is in the tall building on the right side of the photograph.

The Palace Theatre located at 1564 Broadway in New York City, is a Broadway theatre described by its owner as "the Valhalla of vaudeville." The theatre was built by Martin Beck in 1913 and opened with vaudeville shows from the Keith Circuit. From its opening to its change to cinema, the palace lured the best and brightest in vaudeville. 1920 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ... This article is about the street in New York City. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the largest city and largest metropolitan area, by population, in the United States. ... Note on spelling: While most Americans use er (as per American spelling conventions), the majority of venues, performers and trade groups for live theatre use re. ... In Nordic mythology, Valhalla (Hall of the slain) is Odins hall, the home for those slain gloriously in battle, who are welcomed by Bragi and escorted to Valhalla by the Valkyries. ... Vaudeville is a style of theater, also known as variety, which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s. ... A theater or theatre is a structure where theatrical works or plays are performed or other performances such as musical concerts may be given. ... Martin Beck is a fictional police detective who is the main character in ten novels by Sjöwall and Wahlöö. The stories are often seen largely from his perspective, and as head of the department he is the logical hero of the series. ... 1913 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ...

Designed by architects Kirchoff and Rose, Martin Beck's theatre experienced quite a few problems even before it opened. E. F. Albee, one of the main executives for B.F. Keith and his powerful vaudeville circuit, demanded that Beck turn over three-quarters of the stock in the theatre in order to use acts from the Keith circuit. In addition, Oscar Hammerstein was the only person who could offer Keith acts in that section of Broadway, so Beck paid him off with $225,000. The theatre finally opened, but it was not successful for quite some time until Keith booked French actress Sarah Bernhardt. The bookings for the Palace took off, and within a few years it was the most sought after place for vaudevillians to perform. To "play the Palace" meant that a performer had reached the top of their career. A stock, also referred to as a share, is commonly a share of ownership in a corporation. ... There were two notable Oscar Hammersteins: Oscar Hammerstein I, cigar manufacturer, opera impresario, and theatre builder Oscar Hammerstein II, Broadway lyricist, songwriting partner of Jerome Kern and Richard Rodgers This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Sarah Bernhardt (portrait by Nadar) Sarah Bernhardt (October 22, 1844 – March 26, 1923) was a French stage actress. ...

With the rise in popularity of film and radio and the Great Depression, vaudeville began its decline, and business slackened even at the Palace. In 1929 the two-a-day vaudeville shows were increased to three. By 1932, the palace moved to four shows a day and dropped it's admission price. On 16 November 1932 the Palace moved to a full bill of movies. This date is generally regarded as the death of vaudeville. Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... The Great Depression was a massive global economic recession (or depression) that ran from 1929 to 1941. ... 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1932 is a leap year starting on a Friday. ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... 1932 is a leap year starting on a Friday. ...

The Palace limped on, and in the 1950s the RKO (Radio-Keith-Orpheum) chain tried to revive vaudeville with shows by such names as Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland. While the shows were successful, they did not lead to a revival of vaudeville. In 1965, the Palace returned to its live tehatre roots when it became a live theatrical house. Millennia: 1st millennium - 2nd millennium - 3rd millennium Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... Frank Sinatra in 1947 Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer who is considered one of the finest vocalists of all time, renowned for his impeccable phrasing and timing. ... Judy Garland (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American film actress who is considered one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywoods Golden Era of musical film. ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...

As a legitimate theatre, the Palace has seen such shows as George M! and Applause and more recently shows like Will Rogers Follies in 1991, Disney's Beauty and the Beast in 1994 and Aida in 2000. Applause is the act of clapping, or striking the palms of the hands together, in order to create noise. ... Will Rogers Follies is a musical about the famed humorist, Will Rogers. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Beauty and the Beast is a traditional folktale (type 425C -- search for a lost husband -- in the Aarne-Thompson classification). ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a story by Auguste Mariette. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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