RKO Franklin Theatre
887 Prospect Avenue,
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Architects: Eugene DeRosa
Previous Names: B.S. Moss' Franklin Theatre
Situated in the West Morrisania section of the Bronx, the Franklin Theatre was one of the largest theatres built by B.S. Moss. It first opened on September 5, 1921, presenting Keith-Albee vaudeville and movies, which explains how it eventually became part of the RKO circuit.
Hard-hit by declining neighborhood conditions, the RKO Franklin Theatre closed in the 1960’s and was converted into a supermarket. Demolished in the 1980’s, it has been replaced by a group of three-story garden apartments.
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