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The Palace Theatre is a non-profit performing arts center that hosts its own professional company, youth and teen program and presenting acts. Each year from September to May, the Palace produces several professional productions, known as the Citizen's Bank “Performing Arts Series.” An up-to-date listing of these events can be found at http://www.palacetheatre.org
The Palace Theatre was built in 1914, and served as a venue for vaudeville companies until 1930. Performers such as Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Harry Houdini, The Marx Brothers, and Red Skelton entertained audiences at the Palace Theatre during this era. During the 1930's the Palace served as a movie theatre, and unfortunately in the 1960's it was used as a warehouse. The Palace Theatre had a return to serving the community in 1974, but due to financial and operational challenges, it closed its doors to regroup and strategize in 1998. In 1999, live theatre came back to downtown Manchester when the Palace Theatre re-opened and received non-profit status. After several years of expansion and growth, the Palace Theatre is now in use 340 days a year.