RKO Lincoln Theatre
25 N. Warren Street,
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Trenton’s downtown movie palace the Lincoln Theatre opened on April 24, 1928 with George Bancroft in “The Showdown” on the screen and a stage presentation “Hello, Trenton”. The RKO Trent Theatre was located next to the Lincoln Theatre on N. Warren Street.
The Lincoln Theatre was equipped with a Moller 3 Manual 16 Rank theatre organ, which was intact during the entire run of the theatre. Bolton Holmes was the house organist for 40 years and concerts were also broadcasted on the local radio station. The organ was moved to the Trenton War Memorial prior to demolition.
The Lincoln Theatre featured an unusually curved marquee (not original) so that it could mostly be seen on E. Hanover Street which intersected with N. Warren Street.
The RKO Lincoln Theatre was closed in October 1972 with Lee Van Cleef in “Return of Sabata”. On the same day RKO also closed the RKO Trent Theatre and the neighborhood RKO Brunswick Theatre. The RKO Lincoln Theatre was demolished in July/August 1976 and the theatre’s plot is now paved over and is part of the Hanover Street extension.
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