RKO Palace Theatre

41 S. Main Street,
Akron, OH 44308

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Keith-Albee

Architects: Cornelius Ward Rapp, George W. Leslie Rapp

Firms: Rapp & Rapp

Previous Names: Keith-Albee Palace Theatre

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1963 photo courtesy Vince Nicklin‎.

The Keith-Albee Palace Theatre was opened on April 26, 1926 for both movies and vaudeville. The opening program featured Keith-Albiee Vaudeville and on the screen was the Cecil B. DeMille production of “Three Faces East”. The building was built by the Polsky’s (of Polsky’s Department Store) and run by the Keith-Albee circuit. It closed in 1966 and was demolished in 1970, and the property is currently owned by the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Patsy on August 3, 2006 at 2:27 pm

It’s amazing to learn that all of the RKO Palace Theatres listed on CT are all “closed/demolished”. Such a shame.

fmbeall on July 24, 2007 at 6:07 pm

I was in the theatre once – very nice but fairly plain. The auditorium with another entrance was on the next next street over and ran parallel to the street. The Main St. entrance was quite long and narrow to reach the 200 or so feet to the auditorium.

Jason Fox
Jason Fox on June 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm

The Keith-Albee Palace Theatre was designed by Rapp and Rapp.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 5, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Patsy (re your comment of 3/3/06), the RKO Palace in Columbus, Ohio, is alive and well (though no longer showing movies)

Hibi on June 11, 2015 at 1:38 pm

The RKO Palace in Cleveland is also doing fine as a performing arts theater…….

Akronflicks on October 27, 2015 at 11:47 pm

House On Haunted Hill…They had a plastic skeleton that was in a box and on a wire that came out when the movie turned scary.

It scared no one and the kids in the balcony almost ripped it off the wire. The manager or owner, who I remember as a not so nice guy, was furious and tossed a lot of kids out of the theater that day.

rivest266 on November 5, 2016 at 12:05 pm

April 26th, 1926 grand opening ad in the photo section.

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