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Palace Theater Tour Schedule Adds Dates Due To Demand

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Each tour is limited to 20 people to comply with COVID -19 safety guidelines.

Palace Theater Tour Schedule Adds Dates Due To Demand

The Palace Theater management announced today they are adding more dates to the schedule for the popular monthly tours of the historic venue in response to public demand. Each tour is limited to 20 people to comply with COVID -19 safety guidelines. All tour goers must be masked and maintain social distancing throughout the tour. Admission to the tour is $5.00 per person and can be purchased in advance online at www.palacetheaterct.org, by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury. The modified Box Office hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to noon. Box Office doors remain locked. Please ring the doorbell for entry. Masks are required.

In addition to the public tours, the Palace tour makes a memorable activity for alumni associations, client cultivation and other groups. Accommodations can be made for private tours as well that include refreshments or lunch. To discuss this option call Deirdre Patterson at 203.346.2011 during Box Office hours.

Once the tours resumed and announced, the October and November dates quickly sold out, as the regulations and social distancing due to COVID -19 limit capacity. In response, the frequency of the tour schedule was increased.

The ninety-minute tour led by well versed tour guides, includes exploring areas of the venue not seen by the public and factual and amusing anecdotal information about the history, architecture and entertainers

During the tour, attendees are led through nine decades of the theater's entertaining history including facts and some lore, while viewing and learning about the stunning architecture and backstage magic related to the Palace story. In addition to exploring the public spaces, tour takers will have the opportunity to visit hidden areas that are off limits to patrons attending shows or events, such as the green room, wig room and star dressing rooms. You can even stop to take a selfie at the stage door. Tour takers will also be able to experience the thrill of walking across the stage and viewing the venue's hidden backstage murals featuring show motifs painted and signed by past performers and Broadway touring company cast members. Guests will also browse a collection of the theater's pre-restoration photos, in addition to viewing elements from the Palace's Tenth Anniversary History Exhibit, which include a visual timeline of historic milestones dating back to 1922, as well as original theater seats from the 1920s.

The walking tour covers five floors of history and architecture, including grand staircases from the 1920's. Elevator access is available for guests with challenges walking or climbing stairs or other health concerns. Attendees with mobility challenges are asked to mention that when purchasing their tickets in advance, so that the tour guides can make accommodations before tour patrons arrive, to insure a pleasurable experience for everyone. Groups of ten or more are also asked to contact the Box Office in advance to register their group.

For general information about the venue visit www.palacetheaterct.org.


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