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Palace Theatre, Albany

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The Palace Theatre is an entertainment venue in downtown Albany, New York, located on the corner of Clinton Avenue (US 9) and North Pearl Street (NY 32). The theatre is operated by the Palace Performing Arts Center, Inc - a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Established in 1984 and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in 1989, the Palace Performing Arts Center, Inc. was created to operate the theatre and utilize its full potential as a cultural and entertainment center in Albany.

It continues its tradition of hosting the finest in live entertainment with over 150 events annually, from public performances such as concerts, world-class ballet and dance, Broadway, educational programs, live comedy and classic movies to private events such as weddings, dance competitions, corporate events, and graduations. Home to the Grammy Award-winning Albany Symphony Orchestra, 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.

Designed by John Eberson, one of the world's foremost theatre architect of the time and well noted for his atmospheric theatre designs. The Radio Keith Orpheum (RKO) owned facility spared no expense in its design and boasted an ornate Austrian Baroque design with "atmospheric" elements in the auditorium. Though many changes have taken place since its opening, the Palace has retained most of its original design features, including an impressive brass chandelier in the main lobby, original murals painted by Hungarian artists Andrew Karoly and Louis Szanto and plaster beams in the fore-lobby painted to resemble carved wood. In 1979 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nine years later it was declared a contributing property to the Clinton Avenue Historic District.

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  • This was our first visit and what a beautiful theater! We saw Bonnie Raitt there and the whole experience was lovely. Great acoustics too! 
    This was our first visit and what a beautiful theater! We saw Bonnie Raitt there and the whole experience was lovely. Great acoustics too!  more »
  • We got tickets for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It came time to get ready to go and my daughter checked the sight to find out that we can not go because we are not vacinated this was not at the... 
    We got tickets for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It came time to get ready to go and my daughter checked the sight to find out that we can not go because we are not vacinated this was not at the...  more »
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  • Wonderful theatre with beautiful decor. Seating is very comfy. Easy to find and clean. The parking garage is down the street and can be a bit tough to get into because of its location.
  • Absolutely beautiful. The seats are roomy and comfortable. The acoustics are also excellent. It is a very old theater that is built better than any new theater I've ever seen

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