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The Palace Theatre at PlayHouse Square Theater complex in Cleveland, Ohio is one of the most treasured entertainment venues in the country. It is located in downtown Cleveland, in the heart of the revitalized historic district. The theater first opened its doors in the early 1920s. The theater complex was the brainchild of local developer Joseph Laronge and New York City businessman Macus Loew, who wanted to bring the city more entertainment opportunities in order to entice people to move to the city. The organization formed by the two businessmen helped to establish the first two theaters in the complex—the Ohio and State theaters. They were designed by famed architect Thomas W. Lamb, and were created to give the audience a European experience. The building opened in 1921, and it became instantly successful. More theaters opened, and the last to be constructed was the Palace Theatre.

The theaters were hugely successful for more than 40 years. But like many theaters post World War II, they had trouble finding an audience. Suburbanization and the rise in popularity of television left many theaters without patrons. The theaters closed and fell into disrepair. But in the 1970s, a local school teacher formed a non-profit group called the "Playhouse Square Association" that had plans to raze the theater complex back to its former glory. Local residents and people living in surrounding areas jumped on board. And in 1978, the PlayHouse Square Group was added to the National Register of Historic Places. While the association was trying to get the complex on the National Register, local performers decided to use the Ohio Theater as is and attract even more interest to the building's fate. They put on Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris in 1973, which gave the people of Cleveland new hope that the theaters would be saved.

After the success of the musical revue, restoration began on the theater complex funded by public and private donations that totaled nearly $40 million. The restoration took many years, with the Palace Theatre opening in 1987 and the Allen Theatre opening as late as 1998. But, the renovations were worth the effort, and today, the theater complex is one of the most well-attended entertainment venues in the country. In the coming months, the PlayHouse Square's Palace Theatre will host performances of Broadway shows like Rock of Ages, Porgy and Bess and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.


Events Hosted

There is a lot to love about the Palace Theatre at the PlayHouse Square theater complex in Cleveland, Ohio. Not only is it one of the most beautiful theater venues in the country, but it also hosts some of the most exciting live performances around. The theater opened in 1922 and was originally named Keith's Palace after the founder of the Keith-Albee chain of vaudeville and movie theaters, B.F. Keith. It cost more than $2 million to construct and was the place to catch a vaudeville show in the early 1920s. As the years progressed the Palace Theatre adapted to the changing times and began showing motion pictures. It fell into disrepair in the 1960s, but was reopened in the 1970s after the Playhouse Square Foundation obtained the lease to the venue. The foundation began hosting cabaret shows to attract attention to the in-progress theaters. It reopened in 1988, with a capacity to hold more than 2,700 patrons.

Today, the auditorium hosts musicals, comedies and dramatic theatrical productions that have won the hearts of fans and the praise of critics. In the coming months the theater will host some of the biggest shows on Broadway including Rock of Ages and Porgy and Bess.


Home City

The Palace Theatre is located in Cleveland, Ohio, which is known for its thriving arts and theater culture. The city offers residents and visitors the chance to sample all that the art and theater world have to offer, without having to venture very far. The Cleveland economy is built on manufacturing, financial services and healthcare and is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There's something for everyone in the city that was almost the US capital, and you never know what you'll find when you explore this one-of-a-kind city.


Seating Layout

Although the entertainment venue is more than 90 years old, it has been updated to allow for modernization of lighting, sound and visual elements. The auditorium can seat more than 2,700 people. There are several options for seating, including the Dress Circle level that is directly in front of the stage, the Orchestra level, the Mezzanine level that is above the Orchestra level and the Balcony and Smart Seats sections that are suspended above the lower level. Although some seats are closer than others, every seat in the house will give you a fantastic view of the show you have chosen to see.


Trivia

The Palace Theatre is a beautiful theater that has seen the best of Broadway cross its stage. The theater once held more seats, but they had to be taken out with the advent of widescreen Cinerama. This new technology required the projection of three synchronized projected images onto a curved screen. The screen took up much more room than the screens of the theater's earlier days.

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