RKO Columbia Theatre

1014 Beach 20th Street,
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

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Previously operated by: B.S. Moss Enterprises, RKO

Architects: Edgar T. Hovell

Previous Names: Columbia Theatre, Town Theatre

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RKO Columbia Theatre

This was a vaudeville house, and opened as the Columbia Theatre in 1913 as part of the B.S. Moss chain. Movies were screened as part of the program. It had turned to a movies only policy by 1926. It was equipped with a Smith 2 manual 8 ranks organ. It had an Airdome which screened movies only. By 1941, it was part of the RKO circuit.

Last operated by an independent operator as the Town Theatre for a short while from 1970. When the Mott Street area declined, so did the movie attendance here, and this theatre shut its doors. The theatre has been demolished.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

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William on November 14, 2003 at 5:11 pm

The RKO Columbia Theatre seated 1350 people.

AndrewBarrett on December 27, 2014 at 11:12 pm

According to “The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” by David L. Junchen, pg. 630, the “Columbia Th.” in Far Rockaway, New York had a two-manual, 8-rank Smith theatre pipe organ installed at some point.

No other details, like installation date, blower info, or nameplate (Smith, Seeburg-Smith etc) were available when the book was published.

Does anybody know more about this organ, and where it (or its parts) is/are today?

Does anybody know more about this theatre?

Thanks a lot!

robboehm on October 24, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Listed in a September 1920 ad in Paramount Week as a participant in a special exhibiting event.

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