RKO Prospect Theatre
327 9th Street,
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B.F. Keith’s Prospect Theatre opened on September 14, 1914. It began presenting programs from Keith’s Palace Theatre on Broadway, Manhattan. Films began to be screened as part of the vaudeville program from 1916 when a projection booth was installed at the rear of the balcony. In 1920 a Moller organ was installed. This was replaced in October 1926, when a Wurlitzer 2 manual 10 ranks organ was intalled.
It went over to full time movie theatre use in May 1929, and was renamed RKO Prospect Theatre in 1930. However vaudeville returned in 1933.
Closed as a movie theatre in 1967, the RKO Prospect Theatre has been converted into retail space. A store belonging to the C-Town grocery chain occupied the ground floor of the former theatre, and is now Steve’s 9th Street Market. The stage house has been converted into condos.
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