RKO Dyker Theatre
525 86th Street,
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Previously operated by: RKO
Architects: Matthew W. Del Gaudio
Previous Names: Dyker Theatre
The Dyker Theater was opened on November 26, 1926 with Donald Keith in “The Plastic Age” plus vaudeville on the stage. It was equipped with a Marr & Colton 3 manual 11 ranks organ. In 1928, it was leased to RKO, who operated the theatre for the remainder of its cinematic life. Closed in March 1977 with Gene Hackman in “The Domino Principle”, the RKO Dyker Theatre was converted into retail space.
Modell’s is on the balcony level. Take the escalator up and you will be amazed to see the repainted auditorium ceiling, upper proscenium and upper side walls have been integrated into the store.
The vertical sign stills butts the façade, although it now says Radio Shack, its other occupant.
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