Winter at the theatres was always a dreadful experience, especially when we were dark. Cleveland winters being what they are always made January/February bookings a bit tricky. During those cold months the heat would be set rather low, cold enough to see your breath in the Palace auditorium. There were only a few warm spots to hang out in, one was Bob Rody's office where we often ate lunch in the mid 70's. The other was my home 1974-76, the Cinerama booth. I had 2-3 electric heaters running almost non-stop during the winter, so it was fairly warm in there. Most everyone in those cold dark months would drop in on a daily basis. It was the place to be.
From Box Office, May 9, 1960.
Palace Auditorium, 1975, photo by William Gesten/Foto Arts Inc.
The booth was demolished in August 1977 as part of the ongoing restoration project, but the memories remain.