Palace Theatre, Boston

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The Palace Theatre (ca.1891-1931) of Boston, Massachusetts was a variety theatre on Court Street in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[1] Acts which performed there included Rose Hill Folly Co.,[2] Clifford & Dixon, Murry & Murry, Behler & Stone,[3] and the Adamless Eden Burlesquers.[4] It also showed photo-plays such as The Exploits of Elaine, The Master Key, and "Charles Chaplin comedies."[5] Among its managers and proprietors were William Austin,[6] F. J. Pilling,[7] George Milbank,[8] and Dunn & Waldron.[9][10] The Palace occupied the building of the former Nickelodeon.[11][12] It existed until 1931, when it was demolished.[13]



  1. ^ Palace Theatre, no.109 Court St. Handy guide to Boston and environs. NY: Rand McNally and Company, 1904
  2. ^ Boston Globe, Sept. 21, 1893
  3. ^ Boston Globe, Oct. 7, 1897
  4. ^ Boston Globe, May 26, 1900
  5. ^ Illustration of New Palace Theatre in: Some interesting Boston events. Boston: Printed for the State Street Trust Co., 1916
  6. ^ Austin & Haynes; Boston Globe, June 7, 1891
  7. ^ Boston Globe, Sept. 21, 1893
  8. ^ The history of the Boston Theatre, 1854-1901, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1908 
  9. ^ Dunn & Waldron's Circuit, May 14, 1900
  10. ^ Around 1896 the Palace was re-named the "Trocadero" by proprietor Frank V. Dunn (1864-1910). Obituary, New York Times, February 18, 1910; Boston Globe, Oct.4, 1896
  11. ^ Andrew Craig Morrison. Theaters. NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006
  12. ^ The building occupied by the Palace was notable in the history of technology. In 1875 at the shop of Charles Williams, 109 Court St., Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson made the first telephone call. ("Invention of the Telephone." Telegraph Age v.24, no.7, April 1, 1906)
  13. ^ Donald C. King. The Theatres of Boston: a Stage and Screen History. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005.

External links[edit]

  • Boston Athenaeum. Theater History: Austin's Palace Theatre (ca. 1891-1897), 109 Court Street

Coordinates: 42°21′39.32″N 71°3′37.85″W / 42.3609222°N 71.0605139°W / 42.3609222; -71.0605139