Palace Theatre

E. Front Street,
Keyport, NJ 07735

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Previous Names: Armory Theatre

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The Armory Theatre was open by 1913. Initially it had its entrance on First Street. It was renamed Palace Theatre in 1926, and the entrance was reversed to the other end of the building on East Front Street, and a marquee was added.

The Palace Theatre had closed by 1941.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on October 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Demolished in 1971.

Need an address (it was on EAST Front Street), more info and photos.

teecee on October 24, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Listed as the Palace & closed in the 1944 Film Daily Yearbook with a capacity of 600.

teecee on October 29, 2010 at 2:37 am

“Another big event of 1909 was the disastrous fire at the armory. It was just past 8:00 PM on a sunday night when the first flames were spotted on the First Street side of the building. The department answered the alarm quickly, but felt that they could not save the building which streched from First to East Front Streets. About 9:00 PM help was summoned from Matawan H & L Co. All three companies arrived within the hour and did great work, helping Keyport to play at least nine streams of water on the blaze. At about 11:00 PM, the slate roof fell in, smothering as much of the fire. Eventually it was brought under control, however for secound time in this building, no cause of the fire was ever found. The Armony was later rebuilt, and renamed the Armory Theatre, eventualy becoming the Palace Theatre where a young Fred Astaire made his Vaudville Debute as a dancing Lobster in 1913. The building remained standing until 1973 at a which time it collapsed without warning into a pile of twisted beams and wires.” excerpt from

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