The Cadillac Palace Theatre formerly known as The New Palace Theatre and the Bismarck Theatre is a top venue located in Chicago that hosts the biggest and best broadway shows ever written. The Theatre has a seating capacity of over 2000 with a range of seating options, including premium seating at the front, operated by is operated by Broadway In Chicago, a Nederlander Presentation.

Cadillac Palace Theatre

The theatre was opened in 1926 at a cost of $12 million it was renamed in 1984 and later in 1999. During the war the theatre interior was painted white to trick the government, who needed brass for Ammunition. It was later rediscovered and restored to the original state., its beautiful appearance alone attracts theatre lovers worldwide. The Cadillac Palace became home to pre-Broadway tours and world premieres with the opening of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida in the autumn of 1999, as well as broadway shows  Mel Brooks’s The Producers,  Oprah Winfrey presents The Color Purple and the national tour of Mary Poppins.

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Theatre History

Located in the Chicago Loop, the Cadillac Palace Theatre started life as the New Palace Theatre in the Roaring Twenties. Since then, it has evolved into a premier cultural hotspot, offering entertainment to all generations. The theater has a rich legacy of hosting vaudeville performances, movie premieres and world-class Broadway productions.


1926: Designed by the architectural firm Rapp and Rapp, the Cadillac Palace Theatre opened its doors on the 14th October 1926. The venue was designed as a lavish and immersive experience for patrons with high ceilings, elaborate chandeliers, ornate detailing, and decorative plasterwork. It was originally known as the New Palace Theatre and was part of the larger Balaban and Katz theater chain. During its earlier years, the theater hosted vaudeville performances including comics, musicians, dancers, and magicians.
1930: The Balaban and Katz theater chain was a huge entertainment company at the time. They played a significant role in the development and operation of movie palaces. With the decline of vaudeville in the late twenties and the boom of the movie industry, the theater quickly made a name for itself as the premier movie house in Chicago. During this Golden Era, they screened a variety of films, ranging from silent movies to the early talkies.
1999: The Nederlander Organization invested $2.5 million to restore the theater. The restoration focused on preserving the original French Baroque architecture while adding technological upgrades to meet modern standards. This included improvements to the theater’s lighting, sound systems, seating, and backstage facilities. After the restoration was complete, the theater had a grand reopening under its new name, the Cadillac Palace Theatre.
1999 – Present: The Cadillac Palace Theatre has become a famous venue for live Broadway productions, musicals, plays, comedy shows, concerts, and cultural performances. The venue has become a key player in Broadway in the Chicago network, hosting a number of touring productions including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” the stage adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “The Lion King,” and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical “Hamilton” – just to name a few!