26. Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre opened in 1913 as the world’s most famous vaudeville house until the 1930s, hosting many famous performers such as the Marx Brothers and Harry Houdini. If you had the chance to perform at this theater, you “made it.” When the Depression hit, like most theaters, it had to adapt to the times, so with the increasing popularity of films, the Palace became a movie theater from the 1930s to the early ’60s.

In 1966, the Nederlander Organization bought the Palace and converted it back into an operational Broadway theater. Since becoming a legitimate theater again, the venue ran many famous and award-winning shows. In the 1980s, two big hits were musicals La Cage aux Folles (the Palace’s longest running show at 1,761 performances!) and Woman of the Year, both of which garnered many Tony Awards.

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