RKO Palace Theatre

41 S. Main Street,
Akron, OH 44308

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The Keith-Albee Palace at 41 S. Main Street was opened on April 26, 1926, as a theater for both movies and vaudeville. The building was built by the Polsky’s (of Polsky’s Department Store) and run by the Keith-Albee circuit. It closed in 1966 and was demolished in 1970, and the property is currently owned by the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

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Patsy on August 3, 2006 at 2:27 pm

It’s amazing to learn that all of the RKO Palace Theatres listed on CT are all “closed/demolished”. Such a shame.

fmbeall on July 24, 2007 at 6:07 pm

I was in the theatre once – very nice but fairly plain. The auditorium with another entrance was on the next next street over and ran parallel to the street. The Main St. entrance was quite long and narrow to reach the 200 or so feet to the auditorium.

Jason Fox
Jason Fox on June 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm

The Keith-Albee Palace Theatre was designed by Rapp and Rapp.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 5, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Patsy (re your comment of 3/3/06), the RKO Palace in Columbus, Ohio, is alive and well (though no longer showing movies)

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