RKO Franklin Theatre

887 Prospect Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10459

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 24, 2017 at 1:24 pm

The 1937 Film Daily Yearbook (like Cinema Treasures) lists the Franklin and the Prospect as two separate and different theatres. Unlike the Franklin, the Prospect had only 1400 seats and later became the Olympic.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 25, 2009 at 10:33 am

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


BobFurmanek on February 4, 2009 at 11:44 am

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 3:05 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 9:00 am

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 9:04 am

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 4:38 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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