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

Recent comments (view all 106 comments)

telliott on July 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Thanks Ron! From the outside or from the Google satellite shots or Bing map birds eye view you can’t tell a thing.

Mudballina on November 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Hi- I am trying to find info on my Grandfather Charles Wm Cyl-Champlin who was employed by RKO Theatres in the 30’s and 40’s as an artist (Painter, Oil Pastels) I believe he was employeed at this wonderful theatre. Any ideas about where I might find out anything? I am hoping to see some of his work. I know it’s a slim chance, but still am hoping. Thanks for any ideas. Sara

ejones880 on July 14, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Three Stooges Connection!

Moe Howard of the Three Stooges had fond memories of performing at the RKO Theater in Boston with the Stooges. He used to walk down the street and purchase gifts at Filene’s for his wife and loved the delicatessen around the corner from the RKO.

You can here the interview here http://www.rerunit.com/index.html?video=howard1

DavidZornig on June 20, 2015 at 12:48 am

1954 photo added courtesy of MIT Libraries. Cinerama marquee.

Cinerama on December 16, 2015 at 10:22 am

DavidZornig I don’t see the 1954 photo with the Cinerama marquee.

DavidZornig on December 16, 2015 at 11:30 am

It appears it was removed by CT Admins. I assumed crediting MIT was adequate, but apparently not. I searched for it again but could not locate it.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 16, 2015 at 11:36 am

Please try uploading it again, and post the link here.

DavidZornig on December 16, 2015 at 11:46 am

I couldn’t find the image I downloaded originally, but I think this might be it.


Cinerama on December 29, 2015 at 10:21 am

Too bad there are no photos of the auditorium when it was a Cinerama theatre.

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