RKO Keith's Theater
27 Bridge Street,
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Previous Names: B. F. Keith's Theater
B.F. Keith’s Theater was a typical small city vaudeville house with a very large stage house, pit, orchestra level, and two balconies, plus a mezzanine. It was opened by 1911.
The Disney movies always came to Keith’s Theatre, so it was a particular favorite of us kids. I remember that painted on the canal side of the building was the sign, “B.F. Keith’s, the house of perfect sound…VITAPHONE”.
After it closed in 1963 it lay abandoned for years. After a brief stint as headquarters for a short-lived, semi-pro football team in Lowell, it suffered a major fire, was torn down in 1976, and paved over for parking. Its front office building survives with Jimmy’s Halal Fried Chicken occupying the first floor and apartments in the upper two floors.
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