Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Georgetown Palace Seeks Donations to Replace Art Deco Carpet

Georgetown Palace Theatre TXThe Historic Palace Theatre in Georgetown is pleased to announce the receipt of a $5,000 grant from The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation to help with replacement of the carpet in our historic theatre. Palace patrons have pledged $7,500 to date, bringing our total to $12,500. Additional funds of $7,500 are needed to complete the financial plans for the project. Palace Executive Director Marissa Austin says, “The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation has been very generous to support yet another much needed project at the Palace. Keeping up an historic building is not easy, and we are incredibly grateful to our patrons and to the Herzstein Charitable Foundation.” The Herzstein Charitable Foundation also made a significant contribution of $15,000 to the Palace in 2010 for the restoration of The Tin Barn, our facility designated for the production needs of the Palace (rehearsals, set building, costume storage, offices).

From the foundation’s website,, comes this information: “A businessman, entrepreneur, and, ultimately, a philanthropist, Albert Herzstein dedicated his later years to the charitable foundation that bears his name and that of his equally generous wife, Ethel. Through its gifts, The Herzstein Foundation honors the ideals of personal responsibility and resourcefulness in a free society, limited government, self-sufficiency, the right of all individuals to enjoy a life of quality, and the importance of providing opportunities for people to help themselves. Recipients include organizations that promote education, serve to enrich the human spirit, and work to improve quality of life for others. Preference is given to groups and projects that receive little or no support from the government. We seek to make contributions that will produce meaningful, positive change.”

Following 12 years of extensive foot traffic, the time has come to replace the carpeting throughout our building. Gregory Free, the designer and project manager for our major restoration/renovation project of 1998-2001, has joined with us in determining our carpeting needs this second time around. We feel it is important that we use the Art Deco pattern created for the 2001 restoration to preserve that bit of history. Mr. Free’s idea was to add a touch of color to the original carpet pattern, reaching out to the future while respecting the past. Our committee has agreed upon this approach.

General Information about the Palace: The Palace seats about 295, with reserved seating paid for in the ticket price. The Palace office in the lobby of the theatre is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (except for some holiday dates). Purchase tickets and select seating on-line at or by calling (512) 869-7469 or (512) 869-5081.
Contact for information and registration. The Historic Palace Theatre is located at 810 South Austin Avenue in downtown Georgetown and is part of the most beautiful Town Square in Texas!

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