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Replete with statues, stars and suspended birds, the Marion Palace Theatre located in downtown Marion, Ohio, was a phenomenon in its early years and remains a wonder yet today. As lights are lowered and stars "come out" amidst clouds lazily rolling across the ceiling painted as a midnight blue sky, audiences are transported to another place and time.

Constructed by theater architect John Eberson in 1928, the Marion Palace Theatre is one of nearly 200 atmospheric theaters he built. Today, only 16 of these treasures (including the Marion Palace) remain operational in the United States.

With great care, Eberson planned every minute detail of the Marion Palace Theatre's design—from the pure hues applied on the stucco walls to the imaginative lighting effects, statues and furnishings. Amidst the stuffed pigeons that adorn the upper "sky" regions of the auditorium, patrons can also discover the shape of the Big Dipper twinkling overhead.

From the early days of vaudeville and silent films to today's concert hall and hometown musicals, Eberson's ingenious design has served the arts well in Marion. Each year, the Palace presents a wide variety of live performances and films with widespread appeal and "something for everyone." In addition to the theater's entertainment schedule, tour groups can choose a unique day trip experience, THE STAGE IS SET. Participants enjoy a breathtaking view from the theatre stage while enjoying a hot buffet meal and a live performance on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

However you choose to spend your time while there, it is certain that you will not soon forget a day at the Marion Palace Theatre.

Information courtesy of Marion Palace Theatre.

Photo courtesy of Tom Yannitell.

 

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