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Palace Theatre, Albany

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Theater · Concert / Show
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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  • The Palace is nothing short of a gem from Albany's glory days. It speaks beautifully of a bygone era of big theaters hosting big name stars. The acoustics are very good, even in the highest seats...  more »
  • Amazing concert venue. I have been going to this venue for years and I'm always amazed by the ornate detail of this theater. Great space and easy to get in and out of. Great places to grab something to eat and drink nearby as well. Weather it be comedy shows, music or plays, the Palace is a great spot to enjoy.
  • I really enjoyed seeing my favorite band at this venue. The architecture in this place is beautiful. The sound is great. The staff was kind. Seating for the event was first come first sat. I will definitely return for a show in the future.\mm/

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