RKO Main Street Theatre
200 Main Street,
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A handsome theatre with a corner entrance and a number of box seats circling the auditorium. It was located on the northwest corner of State and Main Streets in Racine. The Orpheum Theatre opened in April 1912, it was home to the Racine Theater Guild between its regular film programs.
After it was closed in 1954, the local newspaper reported “wild vandalism” within (things like loosened radiators, discharged fire extinguishers and broken plaster which probably looked worse than what it really was), and despite a few pleas to rethink the situation, the pro-demolition momentum won out and the still-solid RKO Main Street Theatre was flattened in 1959.
The local paper made light of the event by showing the wrecking process along with a still-attached sign below the rounded marquee reading “Smashing Adventure”.
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