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twitch17 commented about RKO 86th Street Theatre on Mar 3, 2005 at 1:15 pm

86th Street’s RKO was a social institution for Yorkville kids in the 50’s and 60’s. The horseshoe staircase made for some interesting chases and the balcony for intimate interludes. We would go 12, 14 kids at a time and have the time of our lives watching double features on a winter afternoon and eating hot dogs and bon bons. The lobby was grand and when entering we always felt that we were somewhere special. It was thrilling to be there to see movies like “Butterfield 8”, “House of Wax” and “House on Haunted Hill”. We even got to darn 3D glasses provided by the house. On more than one occasion kids would sneak in using the fire escape somewhere around the corner. Some of our favorite memories are there.