RKO Palace Theatre
179 S. Broad Street,
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Firms: Hoffman-Henon Co.
Previous Names: Broad Street Theatre, Grand Theatre, Reade's Palace Theatre
Originally opened as the Broad Street Theatre on February 17, 1912. By 1917 it had been renamed Grand Theatre. It possibly went through a renovation and re-opened on April 29, 1923 as Reade’s Palace Theatre. In 1937, it was taken over by RKO. Listed as open in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook, this theatre probably closed in the late-1960’s or early-1970’s. It has been demolished and a courthouse was built on the site.
From MikeH’s post on the Trenton Strand:
“The last downtown RKO theatre was several blocks further south on S. Broad Street which was called the RKO Palace Theatre. It wasn’t an important first-run house but it was fairly big and ornate. It also had one of those big marquees. Here again, I don’t remember ever having been in this theatre but I could have”.
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