Palace Theater (Hilo, Hawaii)

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Palace Theater
The theater's neon sign
Location 38 Haili St., Hilo, Hawaii
Built 1925
Architect Davis & Fishbourne
NRHP Reference # 93000376[1]
Added to NRHP May 11, 1993

The Palace Theater is a movie theatre in downtown Hilo, Hawai'i in the United States of America. Built in 1925, the theater is one of the more prominent public buildings constructed in Hilo in the early 20th century. Architects Davis & Fishbourne designed the theater in the Beaux-Arts style. The two-story building has five bays on its front facade; a metal marquee divides the two stories. The three central bays feature broken pediments and decorative urns above the second-floor windows. A parapet with a balustrade runs along the top of the building.[2] After the original theater closed, the Palace reopened in 1998 as an arthouse.

The theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 11, 1993.[1]

The Palace Theater features a restored lobby with a cafe serving refreshments during movie showings, concerts and theatrical performances. The theater itself features steeply banked amphitheater seating in three tiers, and a wonderful decorative proscenium frames the stage. A large Wurlitzer pipe organ is also present.

The palace is a favorite venue for performers and bands, with concerts regularly scheduled. Every spring a local variety show fund-raiser features local talent, and each fall a full theatrical musical production is staged for serial performances over the course of a month. Independent films are a consistent draw. Special events are staged as well, allowing the public to see and use the theater for many events outside of the typical use as a movie theater.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2006-03-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Soares, Kirk (November 29, 1989). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Palace Theater" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved March 8, 2014.  Accompanied by photos.

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Coordinates: 19°43′28″N 155°05′11″W / 19.724423°N 155.0865°W / 19.724423; -155.0865