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Keith's Theatre, Flushing, NY / photo from Michael Miller Collection, Theatre Historical Society

Fare Thee Well RKO Keith [Flushing, NY]

A look back at the soon to be something else other than an abandoned movie theater.

By Patrick Conti, LittleNeck.Patch.com

Keith's Theatre, Flushing, NY / photo from Michael Miller Collection, Theatre Historical Society

It’s safe to say they did things differently back when, and if you look at old photos of the RKO Keith on Main Street, you’ll see what we mean.

This Spanish Baroque theater was, and in some ways still is, truly one of a kind.

Designed by architect Thomas Lamb and opened Christmas Day 1928, the RKO boasted a signature ceiling painted with an imitation blue sky.

Underneath that sky were walls lined with gilded plaster galleries and a 75-foot-wide grand foyer fully equipped with a large fountain in between two sweeping marble staircases.

Certainly, not the modern day multiplex of our time.

Case in point, even the main auditorium at RKO, which though partly demolished, remains mostly intact today, featured a series of gilt plaster facades, chandeliers and columns. …

For the complete story, visit http://littleneck.patch.com/articles/fare-thee-well-rko-maybe#photo-8378946

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