Palace Theatre, Los Angeles, CA / photo from Terry Helgesen Collection, Theatre Historical Society of America

Ed Kelsey and the Palace Theatre (Los Angeles) Honored

Palace Theatre, Los Angeles, CA / photo from Terry Helgesen Collection, Theatre Historical Society of America

THS Member Ed Kelsey was also honored as 2012 Member of the Year during the Conclave/Theatre Tour in Central Valley California. 


Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation ( ) honored the Palace Theatre (1911) with the 2011 Theatre of the Year award at its recent tour and presentation marking the theatre’s 101st anniversary. Citing “Visionary Leadership and Completion of Phase I Restoration,” the award plaque was presented to Broadway Theatre Group co-owner Shahram Delijani, who led the Palace restoration.

For 6 months in the first half of 2011, the Palace underwent a multi-faceted renewal which included revealing and restoring long-hidden marble flooring, walnut paneling, a marble fireplace and re-casting and replacing many decorative elements of the theatre. Original wall paper, carpeting, and decorative lighting were replicated. The Palace re-opened just in time for its 100th Anniversary on June 26, 2011. Three sold-out screenings of the L.A. Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series capped the celebration.

Ed Kelsey / photo from League of Historic American Theatres

The LAHTF 2011 Gold Star award honors theatre historian and Orpheum General Manager, Ed Kelsey, for his “25 Years of Distinguished Service in the Preservation, Restoration and Management of Los Angeles Historic Theatres.”  Ed worked in every theatre on Broadway during his tenure as an employee of Metropolitan Theatres.  In 2001, he was general contractor for the $3.5 million renovation of the Orpheum. Kelsey is on the boards of the Theatre Historical Society and the League of Historic American Theatres. As a theatre historian, Ed’s knowledge of the downtown theatres serves as a resource to both the LAHTF and Bringing Back Broadway.

The LAHTF created this awards program to honor excellence in the fields of historic theatre preservation, restoration and operation. Now in its 25th year, the LAHTF is an all-volunteer non-profit, tax-exempt organization. The group has landmarked more than 20 theatres and was honored with theatre preservation’s highest award from the League of Historic American Theatres.
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  1. Congrats! I hope one day to revisit the Palace.

  2. Congratulations, Ed! Well deserved.

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