Explore nine decades of Palace Theater history and backstage mystique during the Waterbury performing art center’s monthly guided tour scheduled for Friday, Apr. 10, from 11a.m. to 12:15pm.
Each Palace Theater tour is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and is led by a team of Palace Theater Ambassadors, a specially trained group 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 walk across the stage, visit the star dressing rooms, and view the venue’s hidden, backstage murals – artwork painted and signed on the theater walls by past performers and Broadway touring companies.
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 at www.palacetheaterct.org. Larger groups are asked to contact the Box Office at 203-346-2000 to book their reservations.
A special boxed lunch and tour package is also available for groups of 15 or more and cost $17 per person. Tour and dessert packages can also be arranged for $12 per person. Reservations for the lunch and dessert packages need to be made at least three days in advance of the desired tour date and paid in full at that time.
Built in 1920 and recorded in the National Register of Historic Places, the Palace Theater is known for its grand architectural design. Designed in a Renaissance Revival style, the building features an eclectic mix of Greek, Roman, Arabic and Federal motifs along with marble staircases, gilded domed ceilings, cut glass chandeliers and intricate plaster relief details that make the Palace one of the most striking performing arts spaces in the state.