RKO Franklin Theatre

887 Prospect Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10459

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Orrinb on August 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm

I need to correct a misconception. The RKO Franklin theatre was NEVER demolished. The theatre STILL exists and stands in it’s original and only location. Although the neighborhood did decline and change, the theatre did not close until the mid 1970’s. It has always been a theatre. In the 80’s it was a flea market. Several years ago the theatre was renovated and had live shows, a local talent contest,etc. That did not work out and it is now empty. It was renamed the Prospect Olympic Theatre. The owner tried to revive the Franklin,but, it was costly. People who do not or have never luves in the Bronx or the neighborhood should SHUT UP and not print lues. I have lived in the neighborhood my entire life and went to the RKO Franklin as a young boy to see the Ten Commandments with my mother. I can provide proof,can you? The garden apartments(houses),were built in the next block up from the theatre.If you doubt me call me @,347-600-4693 anytime. Peace:)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 25, 2009 at 1:33 pm

A 1921 photo as the B.S. Moss Franklin theatre can be seen at this Bowtie website.


BobFurmanek on February 4, 2009 at 2:44 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 Friday January 26, they appeared at the RKO Franklin at 9:00 PM.

Paul Noble
Paul Noble on June 28, 2006 at 6:05 am

The Franklin is mentioned in the 1935 Clifford Odets play, set in the Bronx, “Awake and Sing!” The family is on its way to see vaudeville at the Franklin when the daughter takes sick on Prospect Avenue, and they return home and realize she is pregnant.

William on June 13, 2006 at 12:00 pm

During the planning stages (1919) of this theatre it was known as the Atlas Theatre with a planned 3163 seats.

BobFurmanek on February 23, 2006 at 12:04 pm

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

RobertR on October 16, 2005 at 7:38 pm

1954 was a good year for Shelly Winters, she has three films in release at the same time. On the RKO run, “Cry of the City” and in Loew’s theatres “Saskatchewan” and “Tennessee Champ”.
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