Palace Theatre 


The Palace Theatre has been a fixture in Saint Paul’s cultural scene since 1916. Built as a vaudeville theater, thousands of performers graced the original Palace stage, including Charlie Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, and George Burns. In the 1940’s the building was transformed into a popular movie theater known as the RKO Orpheum. The venue has been closed since 1977, with the exception of a short stint hosting Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion in 1984. Now, at long last, the City of Saint Paul has given new life to the 100-year-old Palace Theatre, reviving it into a concert venue co-managed by First Avenue and Jam Productions. When the City of Saint Paul purchased the Palace in the fall of 2015, the building was in a state of deterioration so severe that without renovation, the building would have been condemned in the very near future.

The newly opened Palace Theatre in downtown Saint Paul will become every music-lover’s dream destination, hosting a wide array of contemporary music, comedy, and other live entertainment. With a 2,500-capacity split between an open, tiered, standing-room general admission floor, and a seated loge and balcony, the room fills a gaping hole in the Twin Cities’ music venues, with world-class sound and sightlines.

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