RKO Keith’s Flushing Theater

1918-1929QueensTheater

135-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY, United States

ARCHITECTS
Thomas Lamb

BUILT 1928

INTERIOR DESIGNATED 1984

DESIGNATED AREAS
Ticket lobby, grand foyer

RKO1

Like Loew’s Paradise, RKO Keith’s was designed as an atmospheric theater in what was referred to as “Spanish Baroque” style. It enjoyed a 50-year run as the primary entertainment venue for Flushing and its surrounding neighborhoods. It began as a vaudeville-and-film theater, but like the Paradise, suffered with the decline of movie palaces.

The LPC designated the lobby and grand foyer in 1984, but a developer who aspired to build a shopping center on the site illegally destroyed part of the landmark. The building stood abandoned for 30 years. Now, a new owner, Flushing Square LLC, has begun has begun the process of restoring the interior as part of a new luxury residential building.

Photographs 1, 2 courtesy Alexander Severin / RAZUMMEDIA
Photographs 3, 4 courtesy of Theatre Historical Society of America