RKO Broad Theatre

950 S. Broad Street,
Trenton, NJ 08611

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RKO Broad Theatre

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The RKO Broad Theatre was a neighborhood showplace located on South Broad Street in South Trenton. It had a small balcony which has since been enclosed and made into offices. The theatre opened in the early-1920’s and was the largest neighborhood theatre in the city.

It closed in 1960 and was purchased by the Catholic Youth Organization. “Heller in Pink Tights” was the last film to run here.

The auditorium was renovated into a gymnasium and the stage/screen area into locker rooms. Boxing and basketball are featured here.

The RKO Broad Theatre advertisement painted on the outside of the building remained until 2001. The marquee exists; however, CYO replaced RKO.

The building is completely intact.

Contributed by frank richardson

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William
William on December 6, 2003 at 6:26 pm

The RKO Broad Theatre is located at 950 S. Broad Street.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 3:57 am

Still listed as part of RKO in the 1961 Film Daily Yearbook.

teecee
teecee on May 29, 2006 at 2:03 pm

This theatre was listed in the 1923 and 1925 Trenton City Directories as the S. Broad Street Theatre. By 1936 it was called the Broad Street Theatre.

By the way, the CYO opened on 6/13/1964. See the attached history link:
http://www.cyomercer.org/history_CYO.html

RickB
RickB on October 21, 2007 at 8:28 am

The attraction boards have been taken off the north side of the marquee. Don’t know if it’s for repair or what.

RickB
RickB on May 28, 2008 at 4:55 am

Times of Trenton story says they are restoring the marquee; a conscious decision was made to restore it rather than replace it to preserve the historical integrity of the building (what we like to hear). Story here.

RickB
RickB on August 16, 2008 at 12:05 pm

The marquee restoration looks like it’s finished, complete with what appears to be red and blue neon piping (hard to be sure driving by in daylight). A very nice job.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 24, 2009 at 5:05 pm

The year given for this photo is 1982.

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