RKO White Plains Theatre
223 Main Street,
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Architects: Thomas White Lamb
Previous Names: Keith-Albee Theatre, RKO Keith's Theatre
Perhaps due to its close proximity to New York City, which had so many larger and more spectacular theatres, the Keith-Albee Theatre in Westchester’s county seat of White Plains never received much architectural recognition. Designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, it first opened on November 1, 1927 with vaudeville and Clara Bow in “Hula” on the screen.
After the 1928 formation of Radio-Keith-Orpheum Corporation, the theatre’s name was changed to RKO Keith’s Theatre, though in newspaper advertising it was often listed as the RKO White Plains Theatre. Always first-run for the area, the theatre survived through many corporate changes at RKO and closed around 1966. It was demolished in 1979, for reasons unknown to me.
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