RKO Keith's Theatre

135-35 Northern Boulevard,
Flushing, NY 11354

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BobbyS
BobbyS on January 17, 2012 at 10:21 am

Many thanks again SWC for taking the time to enter the theater and posting the photos for us to enjoy..as for JamesD we are waiting for yours….

JamesD
JamesD on January 17, 2012 at 9:26 am

That’s not a personal attack at all. I’m just saying what I’m seeing in his images. There’s a lot of nice architectural details left in the Keith’s theater, but you can’t really make them out in these images. Maybe you should learn more photography terms Jeffrey.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on January 17, 2012 at 9:20 am

Noisy? Crooked? Out of focus? What the heck are you talking about? JamesD, whoever you are, we’re not supposed to post personal attacks…so there’s nothing more I can say to you. Have a nice day!

layla2barb
layla2barb on January 17, 2012 at 7:25 am

I don’t care where they are posted as long as I get to see them. As far as quality you could always crawl around in there and show us what you got. Keep on clicking SWC.

JamesD
JamesD on January 17, 2012 at 6:35 am

I appreciate that SWC is documenting the theater, but he’s a pretty terrible photographer. All the images are noisy, crooked, and some are out of focus. Also, why are you posting these in the comments section? There is an area for posting photographs but you seem to ignore that.

BobbyS
BobbyS on January 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm

SWC,It is so true what you write and a big thank you for letting us see it from your eyes..

SWCphotography
SWCphotography on January 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Thanks all! Trust me on this, what I have posted here is only a hint of what remains to this day. There are two ways of looking at it: The level of destruction or the extent of survival. If this theatre goes down it will never be replaced by an equal even in its current condition.


NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on January 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I agree. SWC deserves an award for his prominent role in documenting and publicizing this theater. We have proof of the great extent of architectural details in the auditorium, lounges, & other areas, which remain by the foremost theater architect Thomas W. Lamb. Don’t believe anything about what the politicians & developer(s) say.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on January 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

SWC really has done an incredible job of singlehandedly documenting the Keith’s architectural details. He deserves an award, or something.

layla2barb
layla2barb on January 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

Your photos are so beautiful and haunting. I am always looking at them. I’m so sad at what has happened to this theatre but glad we will all have beautiful documentation of the remains. I hope someday you could publish a book of all these photos. I had to leave Queens when I was 13 in the 60’s but remember this wonderful theatre. Thank you for your contribution!

SWCphotography
SWCphotography on January 5, 2012 at 1:50 am

A knowing face looks out over the East balcony:

SWCphotography
SWCphotography on November 26, 2011 at 9:41 pm

The dollars and cents value of surviving artwork:

SWCphotography
SWCphotography on November 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm


Gutted and fit for demolition, or is it a failure to look beyond the rubble on the floor: A face in the orchestra

SWCphotography
SWCphotography on November 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Men’s lounge ceiling detail:

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 15, 2011 at 6:44 am

On this night only in 1945, RKO Keith’s presented a stage rally for the Flushing High School football team. The screen program included WB’s “Pride of the Marines,” a B&W tearjerker with John Garfield and Eleanor Parker, and “Crime Inc.,” a PRC release starring Tom Neal.

robboehm
robboehm on November 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm

The problem with this and other abandoned theatres is generally the ceiling particularly since, in order to achieve the effects they installed fabric on which they painted. Obviously, that would be the first to go and, hence, all the tatter that one sees in this and other pictures. However, wall murals and structural elements abound.

SWCphotography
SWCphotography on November 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Forgot to mention this section is about 6' x 4' and in the upper balcony. This detail has been zoomed in quite a bit.

SWCphotography
SWCphotography on November 11, 2011 at 10:10 am

Ladies Parlor Room 143 At this point there are “de-landmarked portions that are fairing better than the "landmarked” ones.

BobbyS
BobbyS on November 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Agree with the two of you. I can see beyond the ruins of the theater. There is so much beauty there as the pictures above proves. We need a savior not a wrecking ball!!!

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on November 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

A kick to the stomach? Yes, but to those who’ve been following this story for a while, it’s not a kick caused by seeing what has become of the auditorium, but by seeing how much of the auditorium is still intact and salvageable despite decades of deliberate destruction and neglect — and will be lost if the party line about the place being “beyond saving” is followed and its demolition is finally allowed.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm

That top photo showing the present condition of the auditorium is like a kick to the stomach.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Here’s a link to a recent internet article: littleneck.patch