Preservationists skeptical of developer’s claim to restore RKO Keith’s lobby

posted by CSWalczak on June 14, 2010 at 4:50 am

FLUSHING, NY — Activists who have long fought to preserve what remains of the RKO Keith’s Theater are skeptical of developer Patrick Thompson’s assurances that the once grand lobby of the theater will be fully restored as part of his plan to redevelop the building into condos due to controversies that surround some of his previous projects.

“They’re all intact. They’ll have to be brought back to life,” said Thompson, who snagged the theater for $20 million. “That’s absolutely part of the buildout – saving the lobby.”

Thompson cautioned his time frame depends on financing, but the pledge marked his most specific yet on returning the lobby of the 1928 theater to its former glory.

The full story is in the NY Daily News.

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