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Palace Theater Podcast: A Venue Full Of Life

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Written by Ryan Sylvestre

The Palace Theater originally opened in 1922 as a movie theater. Over the next 70 or so years of operation, the theater evolved into what it is today. It has been given the recognition it deserves by being named a historic site and a true centerpiece to the Waterbury community.

Even though the theater had a fast and bright start, they did have some dark days. The theater hit a speed bump in 1987 and stayed in the shadows for the next 18 years. After a 30 million dollar restoration and expansion, the theatre transformed into a modern-day theatrical facility. Sheree talked a lot about how to revival of the theater was the best thing that could have ever happened to the Waterbury community. 

With their new revamped venue, they focus on art education and presentation for the surrounding community.  

Events

The Palace Theater is considered a presenting house. This means that they host national tours and Broadway performances. This includes things like Phantom Of The Opera, comedy shows, and concerts.

At the core of their showcase is the Broadway Series. Having these big names come to a local venue draws a lot of people to these shows. Some of the big-name shows coming up include:

  • Alice Cooper
  • The Illusionists
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical
  • Legally Blonde
  • Tap Dogs
  • The Book of Mormon
  • Chicago

People who have a real passion for the theater and performances, in general, might be interested in taking a theater tour. For only $5 you can get a sneak peak of the ins and outs of the full operation.

Second act

Sheree was really passionate about the Second Act Series. This show features ordinary people who discuss extraordinary things that have happened in the “second act” of their life. They have a line-up of outstanding people who have done something comical or inspirational in their lives and wish to share it with the audience.

“I’m most excited when I can create something (second act) and provide customers and visitors with new and exciting things. I love seeing the younger crowd enjoy the theater and watching everyone’s eyes light up when they walk in.”

Jazz Series

The fall jazz series is coming up and you don’t want to miss it! They have roughly one showing a month so see them while you can! This series is held in the Palace Theater Poli Club and provides a personal atmosphere to enjoy some of the smoothest jazz Connecticut has to offer. Check out their website for any jazz series updates!

Trivia

They have been hosting trivia for the past 4 years and it welcomes people of all ages to come and challenges others. You have the chance to win prizes which may include tickets to awesome shows! Be sure to get your tickets beforehand, almost every trivia event has sold out beforehand.

Long story short, there is tons of stuff to check out and always something for everyone to enjoy.

The Experience

Sheree called it “white glove” service and it really shines through when you visit their venue. They really pride themselves on their customer service and want to make sure that everyone feels right at home. Even though you go there to see amazing artistic presentations, the experience of going there is one of a kind.

They have partnerships with local restaurants where you can get dinner or grab drinks before or after the show to round out the night. If it were up to me,  I would pick one restaurant off of their list to enjoy some dinner before the show. Afterward, I would pick a completely different one to grab a drink, that way I get to visit as many places as possible.  Some of the surrounding restaurants include:

Diorio Restaurant & Bar – 231 Bank Street, Waterbury, CT 06702 

La Tavola – 702 Highland Avenue, Waterbury, CT 06708

Mojo Nuevo Latino Cuisine – 1812 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06705

Molte Wine Bar & Pizzeria – 1249 W Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06708

Nino’s Trattoria – 91 Scott Road, Waterbury, CT 06705

Palace Bar & Grill – 234 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702

There are tons of options for you to choose from and I encourage you to try a new one every time you visit!

Ready For The Show

With the new and improved Theater, Waterbury has become a hub for amazing performances. It attracts people from all over the state and even brings in some of the younger crowd. Being able to be so close to this theater is a privilege and we should all take advantage!

Make sure to check out their website and social media for any updates on current and future showings. Like and subscribe to our podcast to hear more great interviews like this one.

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Ryan Sylvestre

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