Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center
925 Fourth Avenue,
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When it opened on May 8, 1928, the Keith-Albee building had cost $2 million to erect, and the theater seated 2,720. The theater’s main floor held 1,520 people, and its massive balcony held 1,200.
In the 1960’s two screens were added inside the auditorium and in the 1970’s a fourth screen was added in former retail space. A fire was just one of many challenges the movie palace has faced over the years, including a flood in 1937, mounting financial problems, and the wear and tear of time.
One of the last Keith-Albee Theatre’s in the country, this palatial theater reopened in May 2001, after a three-month restoration of the main auditorium to repair damage from a fire that broke out next door to the theater. It was closed as a movie theatre in January 2006, due to competition from a newly opened multiplex cinema.
Now that the $400,000 restoration of 2006 is completed, the Keith-Albee is back in business and better than ever as a performing arts center. Recently in September 2008, work began to remove the two mini-theatres inside the original auditorium.
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