Palace Theatre

108 Port Richmond Avenue,
Staten Island, NY 10302

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Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre is located in the Port Richmond district of Staten Island. It was opened prior to 1916 and was built for vaudeville & photo-plays. The Palace Theatre was closed in 1951.

Now unrecognisable with a plain brick fa├žade, the building stood vacant in 2019.

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Garth on May 22, 2005 at 4:07 pm

today’s s.i. advance states the palace was indeed in port richmond , as was the ritz.

rennie on December 27, 2005 at 9:48 am

I am looking for info on Percival “Patty” Roberts, my great-grandfather, stage manager of Palace Theater in New York (not sure if Staten Island or Manhattan). I have old sepia photos of him standing next to switchboard backstage which is about six feet wide by eight feet tall, lots of “Frankenstein” switches.

He knew vaudeville stars Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, etc. My grandmother would fill in between acts singing opera onstage as a little girl.

Not sure if this is the right theater, but from old photos compared to what I saw in person, the Palace Theater, Staten Island, New York, is in ruins, closed.

It’s located on Richmond Terrace, which is a long street that runs along the north shore of the island.

Some GREAT old postcard renderings of many Staten Island theaters and other landmarks can be found at this website:

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Can you help me?

Thanks, Rennie Miller

rennie on December 27, 2005 at 9:50 am

By the way, Garth, I now realize that you mistook the word “Vaudeville' for "Tottenville”!!

rennie on December 27, 2005 at 8:38 pm

OOPS! My bad… there IS a Palace in Tottenville.

rennie on January 3, 2009 at 12:55 pm

link to Staten Island theater photos:
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rennie on February 4, 2010 at 7:00 am

I was so wrong! My G-grandfather worked at the palace in Manhattan. And THIS one in Staten Island was on Port Richmond Avenue. Looks like it’s been long since remodeled into something else.

Garth on February 19, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Ronnie , I found a reference book at the St.George library called Going To The Movies On Staten Island. There was a second Palace Theatre in Tottenville, it opened in 1918 and closed in 1928. There is a clearer photo of the Port Richmond Palace and you were right , it does say Vaudeville on the sign.

spectrum on December 7, 2010 at 4:11 am

Can’t find anything in the google views that looks anything remotely like the picture postcard; either the Palace was razed long ago or the building modified beyond recognition.

rockywoods on June 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm

The Palace Theatre was built at least by 1916. The post card shown was published by W. J. Grimshaw, a Staten Island photographer. He published cards from his own pictures. The card was printed by the Curt Teich Co., in Chicago. Teich numbered their cards, and recorded the years. This one is numbered, “A-67832”. The Curt Teich numbering system puts that card number as being published in 1916.

rivest266 on November 6, 2021 at 5:20 pm

Listings for the Palace ended in the SI Advance in 1951.

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