RKO Keith's Theatre
410 S. Salina Street,
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Architects: Thomas White Lamb
Styles: Greek Revival
Previous Names: B.F. Keith's Theatre
Built in 1919, B.F. Keith’s New Theatre was opened on January 26, 1920. It was billed as “The Most Magnificent Theatre In All The Universe”. A large painted sign on the north side of the building said “B.F. Keith’s New Theatre Devoted To High Class Vaudeville”. In 1925 the Wurlitzer Co. installed a 3 manual 11 rank theatre pipe organ, opus 1143. The RKO Keith’s Theatre was closed on January 5, 1967 with Jane Fonda in “Any Wednesday” & Robert Goulet in “I Deal in Danger”.
Unfortunately, due to urban renewal, the theatre was torn down in August-October 1967 together with the almost adjacent Paramount Theatre (which has its own page own Cinema Treasures). Many of the RKO Keith’s Theatre furnishings and equipment still survives as part of the Empire State Theatre and Musical Instrument Museum. The Wurlitzer organ was removed in January 1967, restored and permanently installed in the Empire Theatre on the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York.
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