RKO Boston Theatre

614 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02111

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RKO Keith-Boston Theatre, Boston, MA - 1935

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Opened as the Keith-Albee Boston Theatre on October 5, 1925, with 3,231 seats. This house still ran combo live shows and movies through the mid-1940’s.

Cinerama came in Christmas week of 1953 and stayed until around 1969. They sealed off balcony with a foot of cement and twinned the downstairs running Asian films and porn until around mid-1970’s.

Contributed by Richard Dziadzio

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 14, 2017 at 3:59 pm

That’s a different location (and does have its own separate listing here at CinemaTreasures, as Cinema X Twin Theatre).

DavidZornig on June 14, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Thanks all. I will re-post the pics that show the Cinema X Twin Theatre signage on it’s page.

DavidZornig on June 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Woops, not sure now. Please clarify where those photos should go. Thanks.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 14, 2017 at 4:16 pm

To clarify, State II and Cinema X Twin both existed, but were different theatres, a block apart.

DavidZornig on June 14, 2017 at 4:19 pm

So State II is the one with the box sign next to the State, and has no CT page as of yet.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Yes. I know almost nothing else about it, other than that it existed and was directly at the northwest corner of Washington and Boylston. I suspect it was a small storefront cinema rather than a cutting-up of the State, but I really don’t know.

DavidZornig on June 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm

Thanks. I will see what more I can find out before creating a page for it.

DavidZornig on June 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Ron Salters 2005 mention of the State II at the bottom of his comment.

rsalters (Ron Salters) rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 15, 2005 at 9:07 am

I went into the Trans Lux for the first time circa 1960, before the change of name to State. There was a black and white movie of girl volley ball players who played the game nude. The house was in good condition. The dressing rooms for the Park Th. were in a seperate building across the alley to the rear of the stage and there was an overhead bridge connecting. I have a very vague memory of seeing this when looking up the alley circa late-1940s. After that, it was gone. The actor James C. Powers played at the Park in 1880 in a show called “Dreams” with Willie Edouin. In his autobiography, published around 1943, Jimmy Powers tells of life at the Park in those days. He and Willie Edouin apparently had a relationship similar to Homer and Bart Simpson. Movies pretty much took over the Park after 1912 or so, until Minsky Burlesque came in during the 1930s. The original Park Th. had 2 balconies, an orchestra circle, and boxes.There was a tunnel from a small hotel to the south which led to the backstage. This hotel was demolished after a gas explosion there in the early 1960s. The State II was located in a storefront on Washington St. and was not carved out of the State itself. The State closed in 1985.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 14, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Yes, the State II was in a storefront near the State Theatre entrance, and was definitely not carved out of the State itself. There were a number of these small porno cinemas located in storefronts in those days.

DavidZornig on August 8, 2017 at 2:28 am

April 1968 photo added courtesy of Don McCauley.

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