By Janet Serra

Posted: 01/22/2015 15:34:26

Explore nine decades of Palace Theater history and backstage mystique during the Waterbury performing art center's upcoming guided tour on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. to 12:15pm.

Each Palace Theater tour is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and is led by a team of Palace Theater Ambassadors, a specially trained group of engaging volunteers well-versed in the theater's rich history, architectural design and entertaining anecdotal information. In addition to exploring the theater, Poli Club and lobby spaces, patrons will also have the opportunity to walk across the stage, visit the star dressing rooms, and view the venue's hidden, backstage murals -- artwork painted and signed on the theater walls by past performers and Broadway touring companies.

Due to the tours' increasing popularity, reservations are required in advance. Each tour is $5.00 per person and single tickets for individuals or groups of 10 or less can be purchased online at www.palacetheaterct.org. Larger groups are asked to contact the Box Office at 203-346-2000 to book their reservations. A special boxed lunch and tour package prepared by Riverhouse Catering is also available for groups of 15 or more and cost $17 per person. Reservations for the lunch package need to be made at least three days in advance of the desired tour date.

Built in 1920 and recorded in the National Register of Historic Places, the Palace Theater is known for its grand architectural design. Designed in a Renaissance Revival style, the building features an eclectic mix of Greek, Roman, Arabic and Federal motifs along with marble staircases, gilded domed ceilings, cut glass chandeliers and intricate plaster relief details that make the Palace one of the most striking performing arts spaces in the state.

About the Palace Theater

The Palace's primary purpose is to revitalize the Greater Waterbury community through the presentation of the performing arts and educational initiatives in collaboration with area cultural and educational institutions. Its mission is to preserve and operate the historic Palace Theater as a performing arts center and community gathering place that provides a focal point of cultural activity and educational outreach for diverse audiences. For Bank, Comcast, Ion Bank, Shaker Automotive Group, Crystal Rock, St. Mary's Hospital, Bank of America, City of Waterbury, Waterbury Hospital, Powerstation Events, and Worx.

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