New Hampshire’s Palace Theatre

New Hampshire Palace Theatre

Leon Lempert & Son (architects), Palace Theatre. Manchester, New Hampshire (1915).

The newest addition to our blog roll, The Daily Kylie, posted an article about a recent visit to The Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire. Built in 1914-1915 by Greek immigrant Victor Charas, and designed by Leon Lempert and Sons, the Palace is a glorious example of one of the early extravagant movie palaces. “Fashioned after its namesake in New York City,” according to the Theatre’s web site, ”the Palace Theatre was (and still remains) remarkably similar to its larger cousin.”

Please enjoy The Daily Kylie’s visit to the Palace.

Esquire Theatre, The ‘Classiest’ Movie House in Chicago

Our friends in the Windy City, designslinger, have devoted a recent post to the Esquire Theatre, located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The Esquire was designed by brothers architect William Pereira and designer Hal Pereira for the two younger Balaban brothers, Harry and Elmer. (You may be familiar with the elder brothers, motion picture business pioneers Abe and Barney of the Balaban and Katz Theatre Corporation.)

According to designslinger, in its day the 1400-seat Esquire, “with its streamline details and elegant appointments was dubbed the city’s ‘classiest’ movie house in Chicago.”

Incidentally William and Hal Pereiera, both enjoyed successful careers as Hollywood art directors. William was the production designer on the film noir classic, “This Gun for Hire" (1942) and also on "Jane Eyre" (1943)1. Hal worked on over 200 films and won an Academy Award in 1955 for his art direction on “The Rose Tattoo.” Hal also later served as one of the production designers on the long-running television series “Bonanza2.

See more great photos and read the entire post on

Esquire Theatre
William and Hal Pereira, Esquire Theatre, Chicago, IL (1938). Photo: Copyright 2012 Designslinger.


  1. Wikipedia (2012). William Pereira.
  2. (n.d.). Hal Pereira.
Quite a Show

From our friend photographer David Thompson, a stunning interior shot of the Grand Lobby of Oakland’s Paramount Theatre. One almost expects to see Busby Berkeley’s dancers tap dancing in front of its fabulous facade. For more, see the entire post at Art-Deco Buildings.

Gerald Fitzgerald. Oakland Theatre, Grand Lobby (1931).
Architect: Timothy L. Pflueger