RKO International 70
18 S. Broad Street,
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Previous Names: Taylor Opera House, Keith's Capitol Theatre, RKO Capitol Theatre
Opened as the Taylor Opera House on March 18, 1867, designed with 1,987 seats by architect Henry E. Finch. It was remodeled and enlarged in 1918 to the plans of architect W.A. Klemann. Listed in the 1951 FDY as operating, this theater closed as the RKO International 70 and was demolished around 1967.
From MikeH’s post on the Trenton Strand:
“…State Street and Broad Street was the most important intersection in Trenton. A block south on Broad Street was the RKO Capitol Theatre. It was a very large theatre, probably had more seats than the Lincoln Theatre, and was RKO’s first-run "B” house in center city. It played shoot-em-ups and horror but couldn’t seem to make it with the upscale stuff. The theatre was built by a group of investors, one of which was Walter Reade, Sr. (The famous Walter Reade’s father) I’m not sure when it became an RKO house but I always remember it as part of that circuit.
Both the Capitol Theatre and the Lincoln Theatre and my father’s Stacy Theatre had those big marquees with chasers that were so typical of the old movie palaces".
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