Palace Theater - RAIN a Tribute to the Beatles100 East Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
Palace Theater History
Named after theater impresario Sylvester Z. Poli, construction on the Poli Palace began in 1920. In January of 1922, the Palace officially opened its doors. Designed by period architect Thomas Lamb, in what is described as a Renaissance Revival style, the Palace Theater featured an eclectic mix of Greek, Roman, Arabic and Federal motifs and boasted grand lobby spaces, and ornate dome ceilings, in a palatial setting fit for a king - but intended for the people of Waterbury.
Originally a movie/vaudeville house, the Palace Theater changed with the times over its seventy years of operation, presenting everything from silent films, to the Big Band sounds of the Tommy Dorsey Band, to contemporary rock concerts such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Queen. Once considered the premier performance venue in the Northeast, the Palace unfortunately saw its lights go dim in 1987.
In 2004, after eighteen years of being dark, and a significant financial investment by the State of Connecticut, the lights went back on at the landmark Palace Theater, with a major renovation, restoration and expansion. Positioning itself as Greater Waterbury's Center for the Performing Arts, this exquisite complex offers a performance schedule that includes touring Broadway shows, daytime Educational touring shows for children and adolescents, comedy acts, family entertainment and so much more!
With a mission focused on serving as an art, cultural, educational and economic catalyst for the community, the Palace Theater is once again an historically significant show place destination.
As a not for profit performaing arts and cultural center, the Palace Theater offers a variety of programs for students of all ages. After-school programs, Learning in the Wings Job Shadowing and opportunities for life-long learners are a partial listing of offerings.
Guided tours of the theater conducted by docents include historical, architectural and anecdotal information on the venue's rich entertainment history. These standing tours open to the public are offered the first Friday of every month (except January) from 11:00 am – 12:00pm. Cost is $5.00/person. School, social or civic groups of 15 or more that would like a private tour can also be arranged.
To view the theater's performance calendar go to www.palacetheaterct.org or call 203.346.2000.The Palace Theater is located at 100 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT.