The Palace Theater in Waterbury held its first-ever evening tour in July and as a result of the enthusiastic response (more than 115 people attended) is offering another opportunity to tour the theatre on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m.
The ninety-minute tour includes exploring areas of the venue not seen by the public and detailed information about the history and architecture provided by well-versed tour guides. Admission to the tour is $5.00 per person and can be purchased online at www.palacetheaterct.org, by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main St. in Waterbury. Anyone with mobility challenges is asked to reserve their tickets in advance so that the tour guides can make accommodations in advance to ensure a pleasurable experience for all. Groups of ten or more are also asked to contact the Box Office in advance to register their group.
During the tour, attendees are led through nine decades of the theater’s entertaining history including facts and some lore, while viewing and learning about the stunning architecture and backstage magic related to the Palace story. In addition to exploring the public spaces, tour takers will have the opportunity to visit hidden areas that are off-limits to patrons attending shows or events, such as the green room, wig room, and star dressing rooms.
Guests on this tour can even stop to take a selfie at the stage door. Tour takers will also be able to experience the thrill of walking across the stage and viewing the venue’s hidden backstage murals featuring show motifs painted and signed by past performers and Broadway touring company cast members. Guests will also browse a collection of the theater’s pre-restoration photos, in addition to viewing elements from the Palace’s Tenth Anniversary History Exhibit, which include a visual timeline of historic milestones dating back to 1922, as well as original theater seats from the 1920s.
The walking tour covers five floors of history and architecture, including grand staircases from the 1920s. Elevator access is available for guests with challenges walking or climbing stairs or other health concerns.
For general information about the venue visit www.palacetheaterct.org.