Historic Palace Theatre Flourishes with Preservation Aid
Netcong, NJ - The grandeur of Netcong's Palace Theatre, a cherished relic of New Jersey's past, was celebrated this Saturday as Morris County Commissioner Director Krickus stood among community leaders at the Growing Stage’s “Party at the Palace”.
The highlight of the evening was when Krickus received the organization’s Founder’s Circle of Friends Award, honoring the vital support from Morris County's Historic Preservation Trust Fund in the rejuvenation of this architectural gem since 2006.
Director Krickus, representing the County Commissioners, expressed his gratitude to the Growing Stage. He underscored the county residents' fervent support, having approved the Historic Preservation fund that has generously allocated nearly $1.2 million for the upkeep of the Palace Theatre over the years.
In a symbolic gesture, Krickus handed Growing Stage’s Executive Director, Steve Fredericks, a framed resolution marking a 2023 grant award of $117,085. These funds are earmarked for critical enhancements at the theater, including structural overhauls, the addition of a circular stair, and the installation of a state-of-the-art stage floor with a trap door.
As the evening progressed, an announcement was made marking the theater’s 42nd season. The event was festooned with live and silent auctions, featuring donations from local and state businesses, all staunch supporters of the Growing Stage. Fredericks, kicking off the gala, showcased the theater's advanced lighting system, extending heartfelt thanks to the county for its persistent backing in reviving the Palace Theatre.
Established in 1919, the Palace Theatre stands as a testament to a golden era of theater design, encapsulating a time when live productions graced the stage alongside the burgeoning movie sector. Boasting innovations such as early concrete construction and the unique use of drapery for ceiling ornamentation, the theater today houses the Growing Stage – the Children's Theatre of New Jersey.
This iconic structure proudly holds a spot in both the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.