468-472 S. Salina Street,
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Previously operated by: RKO
Firms: Tabor & Baxter
Functions: Office Space
Previous Names: DeWitt Theater, Astor Theater
The Empire Theater was opened in the 1911, with seating provided in orchestra and two balcony levels. It was designed by the architecural firm Tabor & Baxter. It continued to operate under the Empire name until the early-1930’s, when it was renamed DeWitt Theater. By 1940, it had reverted back to the Empire Theater name and was under the management of RKO. It was given a Streamline-Moderne style makeover, to the plans of architect Michael J. DeAngelis.
Today, the original building still stands on S. Salina Street, known as Empire House, in use as offices. The auditorium at the rear has been demolished.
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