Keith-Albee Theatre

223 Main Street,
White Plains, NY 10601

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Perhaps due to its close proximity to New York City, which had so many larger and more spectacular theatres, the Keith-Albee Theatre in Westchester’s county seat of White Plains never received much architectural recognition. Designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, it first opened on November 1, 1927 with vaudeville and movies.

After the 1928 formation of Radio-Keith-Orpheum Corporation, the theatre’s name was changed to RKO Keith’s Theatre, though in newspaper advertising it was often listed as the RKO White Plains Theatre. Always first-run for the area, the theatre survived through many corporate changes at RKO, but finally was demolished in 1979, for reasons unknown to me.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 12, 2004 at 4:52 pm

The lobby building still stands, and in the parking lot behind the lobby you can see a small part of the remains of one of the theatre walls.

joemasher
joemasher on April 12, 2004 at 9:29 pm

The lobby building is due to be demolished soon in the next wave of ‘urban renewal’ in White Plains….

KenRoe
KenRoe on May 1, 2005 at 12:47 pm

The RKO Keith’s Theatre closed in around 1966.

42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on September 10, 2005 at 5:17 am

There are two photos of the theater currently on eBay. Search on 6208173435 and then look at sellers other auctions for the second one. j

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on February 23, 2006 at 11:44 am

To promote his new film “The Ladies Man,” Jerry Lewis appeared on stage at this theater on July 12, 1961.

stepale2
stepale2 on March 27, 2006 at 11:39 am

This was one of the theaters I used to frequent on Saturday afternoons before I was 12. My most vivid memory is sitting in the front row of the loge with my foot on the railing and somehow one of my loafers fell off and landed on someone’s head in the orchestra below. I am sure they were pissed so I never got it back and had to go home with only one shoe!

MichaelWG
MichaelWG on May 9, 2007 at 5:01 am

RKO Theatre White Plains. Does anyone remember my long lost Grandfather ERNEST GEORGE? He died in September 1973 at the age of 76, his death cert. recorded him as Door Man for this theatre. Did you know him or do you know anyone who worked there at this time? I believe the Manager was JOSEPH MARCHETTI, he could be in his 80’s now & there was an Engineer called JACK (surname unknown). Any scrap of information would help me uncover the mystery Ernest went missing in 1925, presumed dead. His UK family never heard from him again, his son, my father is now 85 & we are desparately trying to piece together Ernest’s life in America. Ernest also worked at the Roger Smith Hotel in the late 1950’s/60’s as a Bar Tender. Contact or

MichaelWG
MichaelWG on September 17, 2007 at 8:11 am

I am still trying to locate ANYONE who might have known my Grandfather, ERNEST GEORGE who may have been known as “ABE”, a Door Man/Usher at the RKO Keith’s

I would particularly like to hear from ;–

JOSEPH MARCHETTI the Manager in the late 1960' early 1970’s
(he would have been in his 50’s at the time, lived in Yonkers & went to the RKO in New Rochelle in 1973)

MARGARET (surname unknown) an Usher in her 40’s at that time?
STELLA (surname unknown) Candy Stand Lady, in her 50’s?
Margaret & Stella were unmarried & lived in Mount Vernon
JACK (surname unknown) the ENGINEER, in his 20’s about 5' 10"
with bushy wavy hair.

ANYONE who might have known Abe/Ernest, including a man in his 20’s at that time who worked for a Security Company used by the RKO who would have been on duty on the night the fight between Ali & Frazier was shown – 8th March 1971.

ANYONE who might have know Abe/Ernest from his days at the RKO (he died in September 1973)and or when he worked at the ROGER SMITH HOTEL nearby.
Please contact Michael W George at or

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on February 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm

On Friday January 26, 1962, the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly-Joe DeRita) embarked on a three day promotional tour for their latest feature film, THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES. They were accompanied by “The Herculean Giant” (almost 8 foot tall Dave Ballard) and popular DJ Clay Cole, who was one of the stars of the co-feature, TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK.

On Saturday January 27, they appeared at the RKO White Plains at 2:10 PM.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 15, 2009 at 1:14 pm

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