“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” Pooh
Got a little sidetracked over the holiday weekend; and the collaborative photography project I am participating in, is also having an impact on me so the posts this weekend were a little off the Stages Book ….but we are back on track and looking at the next theatre and stop.
This is the second Palace Theatre, the first one was located in Albany, NY. This theatre is also haunted and has it’s own ghost. This week’s trivia will be a little longer, after all can’t leave out the ghost story.
Stop # 18
Date: October 13
Theatre: Palace Theatre, Louisville, KY
Trivia Facts/History about the Palace Theater:
The Louisville Palace Theater on Fourth Street in Louisville is a stunning example of the golden age of American movie palace. The theater first opened in 1928 as Loew’s United Artists Theater, the building was designed by famed stage designer and theater architect John Eberson. Eberson, who designed theaters across the Southeast and Midwest, created stunning, sumptuous atmospheric theaters, built to create the experience of magic and luxury for the patrons. Costing the staggering, for 1928, sum of over a million dollars to build, the theater was the gem of Louisville’s theater row. In 1950 it changed names to simply Loew’s Palace Theatre
Loew’s Theater went along through the ups and down of the American movie theater business through the course of the 20th Century. This theatre has had four renovations, all prior to 1974:
- in 1953, a new wide screen was installed
- in 1963, the balcony was blocked off and a second floor screen was installed and renamed the Penthouse Theatre (since returned to a single auditorium).
- In 1964, the Wurlitzer organ was renovated
After operating as nightclub for a period in the 1980s, the theater was taken under the wing of new owners; the Louisville Palace Theater is now owned by the entertainment company Live Nation and has been since 2005, hosting a number of artists, performers and films in one of Louisville’s most historic venues.
In the 1990s, workers restoring the theater began to report encounters with the spectral figure of an older man with a flat-top haircut, dressed in older work clothes, and wearing thick-rimmed glasses. The workers reported that the figure appeared to take an interest in their work, peering down off the balcony to see what they were doing and quietly watching from the shadows.
One worker, who had been putting in long hours in the rush for the grand re-opening, was painting the ceiling, lying on a high scaffold, when he felt the long hours getting to him and he quietly fell asleep. The man was surprised to hear a voice speaking into this ear, saying “Wake up!”, and when he did he was surprised to see that he had nearly rolled off the scaffold in his sleep. Te ghostly voice had saved his life.
The ghost persists in the theater to this day, quietly overseeing the theater. So who is this mysterious figure? During the 1960s, the theater was managed by a man named Fred Fisch. Fisch’s grandson heard about the ghost and supplied a picture of his grandfather to the theater staff. Everyone was amazed, the man in the picture was the same man that many people had seen around the theater, down to the flat-top haircut and glasses.
So Fred remains a welcome and friendly presence in the Louisville Palace Theater. Keep an eye open for him the next time you see a show there.
The Palace Theatre offers a wide variety of contemporary entertainment and Broadway touring productions as well as the local Symphony Orchestra’s Pops series.
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