426 Keap Street,
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Architects: Eugene DeRosa
Previous Names: RKO Republic Theatre
The Republic Theatre opened on October 27, 1921, with 3,100 seats. Built by the Small-Strausberg circuit it featured vaudeville and the opening movie was “Clay Dollars” starring Eugene O'Brien. It was equipped with a Moller 3 manual 17 rank organ.
Later operated by Fox Theatres, it passed to RKO, reopening on September 1, 1937 with Ritz Brothers in “You Can’t Have Everything” & Gloria Stuart in “Lady Escapes”, and they operated it until 1949.
Taken over by Randforce Theatres chain, it was closed in 1965. Demolished, a gas station was built on part of the site. By 2011, the gas station had closed and plans were put forward to build housing on the site, which by 2020 had been built as affordable luxury apartments.
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