Community Impact


As a nonprofit arts leader invested in the continued development of the City of Albany as a strong, vibrant and healthy community, the Palace is committed to expanding opportunities to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people residing in Albany’s blighted and underserved neighborhoods, and ensure that performing arts experiences are accessible to all members of our community. 

The Palace Performing Arts Center is committed to the growth of diverse programming, community partnerships and collaborations, and more importantly, to provide a community center for downtown Albany.

“Summer in the City” Movie Series

Eight FREE, family-friendly movies are offered to more than 6,000 children and families from neighborhoods in and around the Palace Theatre, with targeted outreach to low-income and underserved families in the City of Albany, and its surrounding communities.

The movie series provides children with the opportunity to enjoy the excitement and beauty of the historic Palace theatre while offering fun, safe and positive opportunities to become engaged in the arts. The theatre opens one hour prior to the showtime to engage the community in educational experiences and beat the summer heat. Special events around these movies include an ice cream social to close the series!

Classic Movie Series

The Palace proudly maintains its dedication to the silver screen by sharing both classic and modern film favorites on the Palace Theatre’s Big Screen. Featuring vintage trailers and offering low-cost tickets, more than 8,000 guests join us for the Classic Movie Series annually.

Park Playhouse

PPAC is proud to host Park Playhouse at the Palace Theatre as our resident production company. Park Playhouse, founded in 1989, produces Broadway-style musicals in Albany's Washington Park each summer, with seating offered free of charge. Through a partnership with PPAC, Park Playhouse has expanded its programming and arts education activities to a year-round schedule. Learn more about Park Playhouse at 

Albany Symphony Orchestra

The Grammy Award-winning Albany Symphony calls the Palace home, performing a number of classical and family concerts in our historic theatre each season. PPAC and the ASO share services through a strategic agreement that helps to make both organizations more successful and sustainable. Learn more about the Albany Symphony at

Cohoes Music Hall

The historic Cohoes Music Hall, a beautiful 400-seat concert venue built in 1871, is managed and operated by PPAC. Playing host to a diverse series of events each season, PPAC is proud to bring high-quality programming to the city of Cohoes through this strategic arrangement. Learn more about upcoming shows at the Music Hall in the Events section of this website.

Arts Education

More than 25,000 students (with a focus on elementary students in grades K-5) will benefit from exposure to the arts and experiential learning activities that foster their social and emotional development, self-expression, and creativity. Three theatrical productions, held in November, February and May, are produced by resident production company Park Playhouse.

Family Series

Families are introduced to the magic of live theatre, produced by resident production company Park Playhouse, with three exciting and enriching stories that teach lessons of friendship, courage, self-confidence, and pride. Includes Sunday matinee show times and low-cost tickets.

Charlie Brown Christmas

The Palace Theatre hosts the students of Park Playhouse as they present three performances of this delightful, family-friendly crowd pleaser anticipating more than 5,000 audience members each holiday season.

Black History Month

The Palace recognizes the contributions of African Americans in history and the importance of diversity in our everyday lives. During the month of February, we partner with various organizations to celebrate culture and tradition with our Black History Series including film, performing arts, and community events.

Family Fun Days

Families are invited to come to the Palace to enjoy a low-cost movie with their children during school breaks in December, February and April. One hour before show time, children can enjoy a host of games and activities in the beautiful Palace Theatre lobby.

Community Events

The Palace opens its doors for local non-profits, businesses and major corporations, community groups, civic organizations, and public authorities to hold fundraisers, celebrations, and awareness events throughout each season.