Beautiful Palace

The Palace Theatre in Albany shows up on this Flavorwire list of "The Most Beautiful Movie Theaters in America." The Palace opened in 1931 as an RKO movie theater. It was designed by the architect John Eberson, who designed close to a 100 theaters across the country and around the world. By the way: Proctors -- a looker in its own right -- opened in 1926 and was designed by another famous theater architect, Thomas W. Lamb. And the Proctor's Theater in Troy, once the largest theater in the state, opened in 1914.

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The Stanley in Utica makes Proctor's look plain. Same architect.

The Lamb's Landmark Theatre in Syracuse makes both the Stanley and Proctor's look like cheap hotel ballrooms. It is insane.
http://photos.syracuse.com/post-standard/2011/11/the_landmark_theatre_renovatio_16.html

Well, if we're comparing theatres, this one isn't in NYS, but the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle is stunning.

https://www.5thavenue.org/about/about-the-5th

Definitely the most beautiful I've ever seen. I had no idea what it looked like when I flew out in 2006 to see "Company" there. My friend was playing Bobby and he called my hotel about five minutes after I checked in just to RAVE about how gorgeous the interior is and how he couldn't wait for me to see it. He said it was "like the Sistine Chapel of theatres...except it's not Italian...it's Chinese."

He got one of the ushers to let me peek inside the house before the doors opened that night and he certainly wasn't exaggerating. I just stood there, totally awestruck.

I do have a soft spot for both the Palace and Proctor's in Schenectady. I grew up seeing so many shows at both.

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