RKO Keith's Theatre

135-35 Northern Boulevard,
Flushing, NY 11354

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BobbyS
BobbyS on June 12, 2017 at 7:45 pm

And the saga goes on & on……I will believe it when the ball & crane comes in. Still say the apartments should be built above the theater which could be restored. People need more than the tv or personal screens for entertainment!

WilliamMcQuade
WilliamMcQuade on May 26, 2017 at 10:43 am

Whatever is in the auditorium will go down when they demolish it. Doubt anything will be saved

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on May 26, 2017 at 8:57 am

At least the plan to use the landmarked lobby as the entryway makes more sense than the original plan, which was for the lobby to be encased in glass. (Given that the lobby would really only be visible from within, that made no sense at all. What would anybody have seen — the back side of the walls enclosing it?) However, as anyone who has seen all the photos of the surviving auditorium posted here knows, the fact that the rest of the building will be demolished is tragic. “According to the current estimated project schedule, removal of historic material will begin next month and the demolition of the non-landmarked surrounding building will begin in late October.” I assume that the “historic material” to which they refer is limited to the pieces of the lobby that need restoration — not all the artwork and architectural details that remain in the rest of the building.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on May 26, 2017 at 6:52 am

The Queens Courier of 5/25/17 reported that the removal of “historical material” will begin in June, and the demolition of the non-landmarked surrounding building will start in late October. The new building will start construction in April 2018, and is expected to be completed two years later (2020). Full article and sketch of entrance to new building can be found here: http://qns.com/story/2017/05/17/photos-luxury-condos-built-atop-flushings-landmarked-rko-keiths-theater/

robboehm
robboehm on May 25, 2017 at 8:07 pm

That and the LIRR into Grand Central and the completion of the Second Avenue Subway.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on May 25, 2017 at 5:42 pm

I’ve heard that before too! lol

WilliamMcQuade
WilliamMcQuade on May 25, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Different developer this time. May get done now

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on May 25, 2017 at 2:38 pm

I thought they gave the OK to that plan years ago. The plan is unchanged, and still makes no sense. As for “finally coming to fruition”…have heard that before. Over and over and over again.

WilliamMcQuade
WilliamMcQuade on May 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Just read that Landmarks Preservation gave OK for plan to build condos above the lobby. It will be glass enclosed and will serve as the entrance to the condos . It is finally coming to fruition . At least that will be saved as the rest of the building is a wreck. Would be nice if they could restore the fountain.

WilliamMcQuade
WilliamMcQuade on April 24, 2017 at 8:45 pm

I was involved in the attempt to save the Triboro in Astoria and the Keith’s. I was in it years ago and it is beyond saving. It is simply to far gone. In addition,there is no use for it especially in view of the neighborhood. The populace simply does not care about it.

BobbyS
BobbyS on April 24, 2017 at 8:27 pm

I am sure that is true but everyone loves movies…Even if they are dubbed or just sub-titled. The fact that it is in a old theater brought back to life would just make it more interesting. People would go if it were open & running and they want to see the picture not just the building as we all at CT would..

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on March 21, 2017 at 11:11 am

The main problem with Flushing has been that the primarily Asian community (it was mostly Korean for a while, but that may have shifted) consists of people who have no memory of the theater or any connection with its heritage. (At this point, that would probably be the case no matter what the ethnic makeup of the area.) There is no community support for preserving or rehabilitating the Keith’s because as far as they know, it’s been a boarded-up, vacant, out-of-context hulk sitting in their midst for as long as anyone can remember. And all the ownership changes and redevelopment plans that have focused on high-end apartments and/or condos have essentially been irrelevant to them as well.

LuisV
LuisV on March 21, 2017 at 10:51 am

BobbyS, Crime is not an issue almost anywhere in New York City as crime rates are currently at historic lows. It is the prime reason why there is so much development all over the city and not just in Manhattan.

robboehm
robboehm on March 21, 2017 at 6:36 am

The last I heard Flushing was pretty much an Asian population. The last time I was there I couldn’t read the signage because it was in Chinese characters. Despite a lot of product coming from that part of the world very little is ever exhibited in this area.

BobbyS
BobbyS on March 20, 2017 at 10:52 pm

I wonder what the crime rate is. The area looks well built up and could use a movie theatre I would imagine. It would need more than three auditoriums today. Perhaps 8 or 10 if the basement is used and they could restore the lobby. I think that would be the best use for the building. Crime rate is up around the Uptown Theater in Chicago. Both in front and behind the building. Shootings and stabbings etc. That project seems to be stuck in limbo for now.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on March 8, 2017 at 10:29 am

My recollection too, though that seems like it was several owners ago. It was a silly plan to “preserve” a portion of the lobby behind glass, while destroying all the remaining artifacts of the remainder of the entryway, lobby and auditorium.

Scott
Scott on March 8, 2017 at 10:20 am

There wasn’t any plan that included the return of the Keith’s to some sort of theater use, correct? The best case was that the lobby would be retained in the new development. At least that’s my recollection.

BobbyS
BobbyS on March 7, 2017 at 4:38 pm

I flew to NY last week and saw the RKO out of the window as I so often do. Bright sunny day and she looked so sad just standing there year after year..

robboehm
robboehm on March 5, 2017 at 11:36 am

My point exactly. The plan is so old it’s probably been forgotten and they’ll do whatever they want.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on March 4, 2017 at 7:08 pm

I’m not going to try scrolling back through the comments, but I’m pretty sure we’ve been through “proceeding according to plan” and “starting imminently” on here alone for at least a dozen years…

robboehm
robboehm on March 4, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Whatever the plan may be.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 4, 2017 at 8:59 am

The re-development of the RKO Keith’s site is proceeding “according to plan” and will start in the first six months of this year (which would mean by July at the latest), according to a report by the Queens Tribune: http://queenstribune.com/rko-keiths-development-according-plan/

robboehm
robboehm on August 13, 2016 at 7:51 am

The building was recently sold. Let’s see what happens next.

markp
markp on February 26, 2016 at 6:21 am

We shouldn’t lose hope in the Keiths. As bad a shape as shes in, the RKO Proctors in Newark NJ has been sitting abandoned since the mid 60’s. Still standing. Still waiting.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on February 26, 2016 at 6:02 am

After three years of ownership, JK Equities has put the property back up for sale, according to this report: http://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/rko-keith-s-hits-the-market-again/article_bb201ff6-d2be-5c69-af07-ef7d7ef34c6d.html