Wednesday, February 3, 2016


History Exhibit and Restoration Photos to Be Included in February 5th Tour

The historic Palace Theater in Waterbury, Conn., has expanded its popular monthly venue tours to include engaging elements from the theater’s Tenth Anniversary history exhibit, as well as rarely seen restoration and pre-restoration photos of the building.  

The additions will be on view during the Palace’s next guided tour, which is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 5, from 11a.m. to 12:30p.m.

After a successful 10-week engagement at the Mattatuck Museum in November 2014, the theater’s tenth anniversary history exhibit titled, “A Staged Reflection: 1922-2014,” was moved to the Palace, where several of its elements are now currently on display in the box office lobby. Tour attendees will start their excursion by browsing a visual timeline of historic milestones dating back to the venue’s original opening in 1922, in addition to some historic artifacts, including original theater seats from the 1920s.

In addition to the exhibit, patrons will get a glimpse of rarely seen, pre-restoration photos that will be positioned throughout the theater’s different spaces to provide an impressive before and after comparison. Each Palace Theater tour is approximately 90 minutes and is led by a team of engaging volunteers well-versed in the theater’s rich history, architectural design and entertaining anecdotal information. In addition to exploring the theater, Poli Club and lobby spaces, patrons will also have the opportunity to visit the star dressing rooms and view the venue’s backstage murals that were painted and signed by past performers and Broadway touring companies.

It is important to note that each walking tour covers five floors of history and architecture, including grand staircases from the 1920’s. While elevator access is available, guests with walking disabilities or health concerns are asked to inform the Box Office ahead of time, so that the tour guides can make proper accommodations.

Due to the tours' increasing popularity, reservations are required in advance. Each tour is $5.00 per person and single tickets for individuals or groups of 10 or less can be purchased online  Larger groups are asked to contact the Box Office at 203-346-2000 to book their reservations.

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