RKO Columbia Theater

1014 Beach 20th Street,
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

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This was a vaudeville house, and opened as the Columbia Theatre in 1913 as part of the B.S. Moss chain. Movies were screened as part of the program. It had turned to a movies only policy by 1926. By 1941, it was part of the RKO circuit.

Last operated by an independent operator as the Town Theatre for a short while from 1970. When the Mott Street area declined, so did the movie attendance here, and this theater shut its doors. The theater has been demolished.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

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William
William on November 14, 2003 at 8:11 pm

The RKO Columbia Theatre seated 1350 people.

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on December 28, 2014 at 2:12 am

According to “The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” by David L. Junchen, pg. 630, the “Columbia Th.” in Far Rockaway, New York had a two-manual, 8-rank Smith theatre pipe organ installed at some point.

No other details, like installation date, blower info, or nameplate (Smith, Seeburg-Smith etc) were available when the book was published.

Does anybody know more about this organ, and where it (or its parts) is/are today?

Does anybody know more about this theatre?

Thanks a lot!

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