RKO Strand Theatre

714 Beach 20th Street,
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

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caltiki54 on May 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm

In 1974, I went with my mom to FAR ROCK, to shop. We passed the RKO STRAND, & they were showing “THE GREEN HORNET”(an hour-plus of incoherent edits from the 1966 TV Series), & some R-Rated Blaxploitation, on a double bill. I made a fuss & my mom dropped me off. I came in at the end of THE HORNET, & had to sit through the other film, to see THE HORNET from the beginning. I was 10yrs old, & saw my 1st R-Rated sex scenes in a film that day. I was the only Kid there, among about only 5 adults. It was an afternoon showing. I would love to find out the title of that Blaxploitation flik. About 10mins before THE HORNET ended, my mom came into the theatre to get me. I must of been in there for close to 3 hours. I wanted to stay to the ending, & she said she will leave me there, if I didnt come NOW!…My only RKO STRAND experience, Bch.20th in FAR ROCK…

LugosiResearch on December 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

On Thursday 1 February 1951, Bela “Dracula” Lugosi presented his in person Horror and Magic Stage show at RKO Strand. Currently I am conducting research on all things Lugosi; if anyone out there actually saw this show and/or has memorabilia (poster, handbill, photos) related to this show, please contact Bill at Thanks in advance for any assistance!

paktype on October 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Can’t see much today, the facade appears to have been bricked up with cinder blocks. Its a bleak area.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Updates appreciated.

RobertR on April 17, 2009 at 9:59 am

Closed in 1969 advertising the new twin in Five Towns
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Re-opened in 1974

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Did it do time as an indie before closing since RKO has been covered over?
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BobFurmanek on February 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm

On Friday January 26, 1962, the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly-Joe DeRita) embarked on a three day promotional tour for their latest feature film, THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES. They were accompanied by “The Herculean Giant” (almost 8 foot tall Dave Ballard) and popular DJ Clay Cole, who was one of the stars of the co-feature, TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK.

On Saturday January 28, they appeared at the RKO Strand at 1:45 PM.

kencmcintyre on January 31, 2009 at 3:50 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine, August 1962:

FAR ROCKAWAY, N.Y.-Isidor Jutkovitz and other members of the Jutkovitz family have sold their interest in the RKO Columbia and Strand theaters here to the RKO Corp. The family served as partners with RKO for 40 years. The firm will continue to operate as in the past.

NativeForestHiller on March 22, 2008 at 12:38 am

Any updates on this once cherished theater?

NativeForestHiller on March 22, 2007 at 10:23 pm

You can keep track of this building’s property profile & the latest permits and job filings by following:

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It seems as if it’s being converted to office and warehouse use. I hope the facade is preserved at the very least.

NativeForestHiller on March 22, 2007 at 10:17 pm

Those wishing to read Ron Marzlock’s “I Have Often Walked” column documenting this theater, please follow this link:

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NativeForestHiller on March 22, 2007 at 10:15 pm

This building deserves a sensible restoration. A wise choice needs to be made soon. I’ll add it to my list of projects.

William on June 13, 2006 at 9:14 am

The theatre was remodeled and redecorated in 1925.

BobFurmanek on February 23, 2006 at 9:37 am

To promote his new film “The Ladies Man,” Jerry Lewis appeared on stage at this theater on July 13, 1961.

Clark Gray
Clark Gray on January 26, 2006 at 11:13 am

My great uncle, Bee Ho Gray, performed a wild west type show on Vaudeville for many years. I have an advertisment from the 1930s for an RKO Vodvil performance at The Strand. The ad can be seen at:
Be sure to click on the ad for the full view.

Can anyone confirm if this is the same Strand in Far Rockaway?

Thank you,
Clark Gray

RobertR on November 3, 2005 at 12:00 pm

June of 1961 the RKO Strand was showing “Return to Peyton Place” and reminded us to “Treat Dad to a show at RKO”.
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trapdoor on June 30, 2004 at 8:20 pm

This theater still stands.It is probably a total
wreck inside.Check it out here:
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William on November 17, 2003 at 1:47 pm

The RKO Strand Theatre was located at 714 Beach 20th Street (Central Ave.)

PhilYermack on November 15, 2002 at 9:38 am

The RKO Strand was actually located on Beach 20th Street (Central Ave.) on the corner of Cornega Ave. It held at least 2000 seats with an abundance of leg room. One block north of the Strand was the RKO Columbia, a somewhat smaller and much less comfortable house that was demolished in the late 70s or early 80s to make room for a parking lot. Until it was razed, you could see painted on the side of stage end of the building “B.F. Keith Vaudeville”

The only other theater in Far Rockaway was The Pix, a 600 seat “Art” house on Mott Avenue., also long gone.