Thomas W. Lamb, the same architect who designed the Ohio Theatre, created the Palace Theatre with inspiration from the Palais de Versailles in France. With a grand staircase and chandeliers adorning the venue, the Palace Theatre provides a beautiful setting for an evening out. The theatre, which opened in 1928, was designed initially with vaudeville performances in mind, so the space’s acoustics were given special attention.
Another notable feature of The Palace is that the dressing room tower operated as a hotel for touring performers, complete with a “front desk” where people collected their keys and mail. There were kitchen facilities that performers could use and a designated children’s play area. The dressing rooms were named after cities along vaudeville tour routes and still bear those names today. Productions using live animals made use of the animal shower and even a stable below the stage. The theatre has a ramp that aids in transporting hoofed animals to and from the stage.
CAPA purchased the Palace Theatre in 1989 and continues to run its operations. Today, the Palace Theatre remains the premier venue for live performances, including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Jazz Arts Group, and many local arts groups.
Post cover photo from Tysto via Wikimedia Commons.