RKO Broad Theatre

950 S. Broad Street,
Trenton, NJ 08611

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Previously operated by: RKO, Walter Reade Theatres

Functions: Gymnasium

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: S. Broad Street Theatre, Broad Street Theatre

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RKO Broad Theatre

The RKO Broad Theatre was a neighborhood showplace located on South Broad Street in South Trenton. It had a small balcony which has since been enclosed and made into offices. The theatre opened in the early-1920’s and was the largest neighborhood theatre in the city.

It closed in 1960 and was purchased by the Catholic Youth Organization. Sophia Loren in “Heller in Pink Tights” was the last film to run here.

The auditorium was renovated into a gymnasium and the stage/screen area into locker rooms. Boxing and basketball are featured here.

The RKO Broad Theatre advertisement painted on the outside of the building remained until 2001. The marquee exists; however, CYO replaced RKO.

The building is completely intact.

Contributed by frank richardson

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

William on December 6, 2003 at 9:26 pm

The RKO Broad Theatre is located at 950 S. Broad Street.

teecee on March 2, 2006 at 6:57 am

Still listed as part of RKO in the 1961 Film Daily Yearbook.

teecee on May 29, 2006 at 5:03 pm

This theatre was listed in the 1923 and 1925 Trenton City Directories as the S. Broad Street Theatre. By 1936 it was called the Broad Street Theatre.

By the way, the CYO opened on 6/13/1964. See the attached history link:

RickB on October 21, 2007 at 11:28 am

The attraction boards have been taken off the north side of the marquee. Don’t know if it’s for repair or what.

RickB on May 28, 2008 at 7:55 am

Times of Trenton story says they are restoring the marquee; a conscious decision was made to restore it rather than replace it to preserve the historical integrity of the building (what we like to hear). Story here.

RickB on August 16, 2008 at 3:05 pm

The marquee restoration looks like it’s finished, complete with what appears to be red and blue neon piping (hard to be sure driving by in daylight). A very nice job.

hondo on April 30, 2020 at 11:26 am

For years on the north-facing part of the building, one could see the faded RKO BROAD ad painted onto the bricks. This was the city’s third largest movie house in seating capacity. The Lincoln and Capitol (seating capacity changed after several renovations) in downtown were larger. This theater had a small balcony which has been remodeled into offices.

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