RKO Temple Theatre

35 Clinton Avenue S.,
Rochester, NY 14604

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peterscribner on January 3, 2016 at 5:29 pm

The Temple was built directly across Clinton Avenue from the Lyceum Theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm

The Temple Theatre was an impressive structure, as seen in this vintage postcard. It was built by impresario James H. Moore, who chose the Rochester firm of Leon H. Lempert & Son to design the house (Lempert Sr., had already semi-retired by 1909, and died that year, so the lead architect was Leon H. Lempert, Jr.)

The Temple originally operated as a vaudeville house, but movies were occasionally shown even in its early years. In 1913, Moore presented at the Temple an early form of talking pictures with the sound recorded on discs.