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The Palace Theatre: 100 Years of Performing Arts
is now on sale for $29.50 at the theatre’s box office at 80 Hanover St. Manchester NH 03101 -  (603) 668-5588.

The Palace Theatre is celebrating our centennial anniversary by publishing a memory book filled with the special history of Manchester’s important landmark. Having survived the advent of movies and television, a flood, a fire, and rumors of being haunted, the Palace Theatre is flourishing today, and this picture book recognizes all of the exceptional people that have kept the theatre alive over the years.

The Palace Theatre: 100 Years of Performing Arts is divided into five chapters covering the years from 1915-2015. Built by Greek immigrant Victor Charas, the Palace Theatre opened its doors on April 9, 1915 with a capacity crowd of 1,100 jamming the new theatre. Through the roaring ‘20s, the Palace Theatre continued to thrive bringing acts to Manchester via the B.F. Keith/Edward F. Albee vaudeville circuit. It was famous vaudevillian, Will Martin Cressy, born in 1863 and raised on a farm in New Hampshire, who many believe never really left the Palace and that his ghost haunts the building to this day. Like most vaudeville houses, the Palace Theatre tried to reinvent itself throughout the years, and the community always found a use for the majestic building whether that be a movie theatre, a college lecture room, or as a warehouse with meat actually being cut on the once proud stage. It took then Mayor of Manchester Sylvio Dupuis and local attorney John McLane to save the theatre from being torn down as part of an urban renewal project. Opening Night for the revived Palace Theatre was November 2, 1974 with the Mayor hosting a locally produced variety show in the spirit of the theatre’s old vaudeville days. The book features sections on beloved Manchester actors like George Piehl and Cathy Burham, and focuses on both the professional productions produced by Peter Ramsey and Carl Rajotte, and community groups like Opera NH and the Silver Stars.

This 100 page book was locally written and published and is now available for purchase at the Palace Theatre box office for only $29.50. The Palace Theatre: 100 Years of Performing Arts is a distinctive gift for anyone who has ever enjoyed a show at Manchester’s premiere entertainment venue.