Palace Theatre

1125 W. 5th Street,
Dayton, OH 45402

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dallasmovietheaters on February 10, 2021 at 6:34 am

The Palace opened Christmas Day with a live stage show plus a film, “Alias the Deacon,” on Christmas Day 1927. It converted to sound to stay relevant and added live events to become the leading entertainment venue for African American audiences ahead of the Classic Theatre. The Palace completed its film run at the end of its thirty-year lease on December 19, 1957 with “The Scarlet Hour” and “Goodbye, My Lady.” In the 1960s, it held sporadic screenings and speeches until being sold in 1965 to convert the upper floors to apartments and create a live music venue space that failed to open. It did relaunch as a live sports venue for boxing in 1967.

In 1973, William “Wally” Ahmed Sababu took on the venue for religious services under the moniker of the Ghetto Palace. The venue’s “Palace” moniker had been usurped by the former Loew’s Theatre turned concert hall called the Palace Theatre in downtown Dayton. (That is where Queen and Kiss played rock concerts… not here.) A fire in early August of 1975 ended the Ghetto Palace’s run there and it moved two times thereafter. Many efforts were made to save the legendary African American theater which was vacant from 1975 to 2002. Despite its historical designation, the Palace was razed in 2002 just as its contemporary, the Classic Theatre, had been in 1991 ending Dayton’s vibrant legacy of African American cinema and live entertainment venues.

bhspath on August 18, 2016 at 8:32 am

In the mid-1970s this building housed the Ghetto’s Palace Yoga Institute, led by Wally Ahmed Sababu. I lived there with about 35 other people in the lobby and offices, though the actual theater had been destroyed in a fire. We also had a factory across the street that manufactured and sold incense sticks. Looking for people who also lived there at that time.

tomeastridge on March 26, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I think some people are confusing the original Palace Theatre (listed here) with the old Loew’s Theatre that used to be on N. Main in Downtown Dayton across from the Victoria (Victory) Theatre. It was renamed “The Palace” in 1972 and that’s where many rock concerts were held until it was demolished in 1975. The original Palace on Fifth Street (this one) is not the same Palace where Queen and Kiss played.

jon6444 on June 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm

The dirt lot shown in the street view is where the theatre sat…Warren, your links to photo bucket are no longer good. I would love to see them.

jwsmith7 on August 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Same place where Queen performed 1975. Tickets cost $4.50. I still have a ticket stub. Fantastic concert.

CJS007 on June 17, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Is this the same place where KISS performed? It was April 11,1975.

TerryBear on November 9, 2008 at 8:11 pm

My grandfather was a doctor in Dayton and was an investor in this theater when it was originally built.

vic1964 on June 5, 2007 at 7:14 am

The pictures reveal a once great theatre and Michael Branch has my sympathy.