RKO Keith's Theatre

135-35 Northern Boulevard,
Flushing, NY 11354

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Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on December 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm

So Patrick Thompson did nothing and made $10 million on the property. Maybe JK Equities can also do nothing and make $20 million?

BobbyS
BobbyS on December 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Thanks for the update guys…I wonder if it will get off the ground this time. The “old gal” won’t give up"..

LuisV
LuisV on December 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm

The saga continues. The site has been sold yet again to a developer who plans to build the approved plan which requires the preservation and restoration of the lobby but nothing else. http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/12/19/flushing_theater_has_new_owner_may_finally_be_developed.php

markp
markp on November 21, 2013 at 8:45 am

I too also love the pictures (although they make me sick) of the the theatre. With that said, does anyone have photos of this partially destroyed staircase that’s mentioned in the article or the above post?

jarva
jarva on November 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

i went there today just recently and its in alot worse shape that it is from that picture it was vast full of graffiti and with alot rooms but the stairs and such are starting to give away but i was able to walk or climb fine. it was a nice and it was also dangrous manly because of the damage done to the structure. so it was a little bit scary.

BobbyS
BobbyS on November 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

How do these people stay out of jail? Imagine taking on the Keith’s and the Keith’s wins.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 15, 2013 at 9:03 am

Here’s a link to an updated article on the “rogue developer” who is one of the chief villains in this still ongoing story: Qchron

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

SWC, I’m thankful that you’ve photographed surviving portions of the Keith’s interior, and that you’ve been kind enough to share them here. Please don’t withdraw any posts or photos based solely on the petty criticisms of others.

BobbyS
BobbyS on November 14, 2013 at 12:04 am

You would think so. The Indian culture is very ornate as well as the Chinese. They both show films in major cities, but I think the size of the RKO was against even their budgets. A cultural center is another matter. It is tailor made for that and should have been persuade.

Paul Noble
Paul Noble on November 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Have any Chinese or Indian movie chains or producers ever considered turning the Keith’s into a cultural center for the massive Asian communities of the Flushing area?

Shaw
Shaw on November 13, 2013 at 10:54 am

First of all its screed, not skreed. CinemaTreasures even has spell check. And holes that were hammered through? They must have had a backhoe on the roof then. You could fit a 747 through some of those.

yanksali
yanksali on November 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I went to the RKO Keith’s in Flushing virtually every Saturday as a kid in the 1950s to see sci fi movies. Fantastic place, and memories. Does anyone know how someone got to the offices on the second story? Some photos show law offices on the second story. Was there a separate door? I do not see any doorways on the outside of the building to permit someone to get to the second story. If anyone has a recollection of how access to the second floor offices was obtained, please share it.

Shaw
Shaw on November 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Amazing survival my ass. The place is falling apart and has giant holes in the ceiling. Your pictures are pretty good though….if you were 5 years old.

paktype
paktype on August 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I think I saw a movie here very close to the closing date, but I can’t remember the name.

GlenBarrie
GlenBarrie on August 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm

This was my theater of the sixties, I can not count how many great movies I had seen there. It was a beautiful place. there is a depressing video tour of the place, found on You Tube. A ghost of its former self, the video is like revisiting the Titanic.

BobbyS
BobbyS on July 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I would imagine the money is not there for this project to start. Months & years later, this tarnished gem hangs on..

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on June 13, 2013 at 3:11 am

Any word on the current status of this project?

SWCphotography
SWCphotography on May 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I am absolutely convinced that there is nothing of
value left in the theatre

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on January 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm

In the case of the Paradise, it appears to be that the megachurch had megabucks that the owner couldn’t refuse. In the case of the Keith’s (and I suspect in most cases) it is politicians in the pocket of developers.

LuisV
LuisV on January 24, 2013 at 11:54 am

And sometimes it is just poor management.

robboehm
robboehm on January 24, 2013 at 10:45 am

Oft times it’s also building codes and permits that kill projects such as the theatre in Stapleton, Staten Island.

BobbyS
BobbyS on January 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I wonder why the Paradise did not make it as a music venure. They had such grand plans(like the King’s have). Maybe there is just so much money to go around for entertainment. I wonder if this is the same church that wanted to buy the Portage Theater in Chicago and was turned down. They also have the old Loew’s in Brookyln. I believe it was the Metropolitan.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on January 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I somehow missed the fact that the resplendently restored Loew’s Paradise in the Bronx has been bought by a mega church, and construction workers there had already managed to start a fire on Nov. 5 that caused heavy smoke damage. It’s a shame that so few of these stories end in Happily Ever After.