Once Upon a Time in Flushing...

Updated 4 years ago Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

This mini-documentary by Thomas Byrne shows the glory days of the RKO Keith's in Flushing, NY, which was designed by Thomas Lamb. It opened the same year as Huntington's Keith Albee. However, history has not been kind to the Flushing movie palace. The footage here shows some of the interior lobby before it closed.

The RKO had a three story facade, and  the auditorium interior was designed in a Spanish Baroque Revival style, just like the Keith Albee.

The theater remained open to the public through the early 1980s. The ticket  lobby and grand foyer of the Keith's were listed in the National Register of  Historic Places in 1982, and granted landmark status by the City in 1984.

The theater was closed in 1986 and then gutted illegally by the building's new owner Thomas Huang who also dumped 10,000 gallons of waste oil into the basement  of the theater.


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