Belle Harbor Twin
150 Beach 116th Street,
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Located on the east side of Beach 116th Street in Rockaway Park, Long Island. This theatre was located just off the Boardwalk fronting the Atlantic Ocean.
It seated 942, divided between the orchestra and a 250 seat elevated section at the rear. The inner lobby featured a staircase to the non-existent balcony. The elevated rear section was gained from the orchestra.
It operated from about 1922 when it also had a roof garden theatre. It was a Keith-Albee Theatre by early 1930 and from late-1930 had become an RKO house who operated it into the early to mid-1940’s. By 1947 Movietone News had replaced RKO Pathe News. In 1947 the inner lobby was redone in red plush and the new “sliding seat” was installed so patrons could shift rearwood to allow someone to pass without standing up from their seat.
There was a portable box office used under the marquee in summertime and after the season the box office in the south wall of the entrance lobby was used.
It was later twinned and was renamed Belle Harbor Twin and closed in 1961. The theatre stands vacant & unused in 2018.
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