RKO Proctor's Theatre

53 S. Broadway,
Yonkers, NY 10701

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Previously operated by: Proctor's, RKO

Architects: William E. Lehman

Functions: Office Space, Retail

Styles: French Renaissance, Italian Renaissance

Previous Names: Proctor's Theatre, Proctor's Palace Theatre

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Proctor's Palace

Proctor’s Theatre first opened on January 31, 1916, primarily as a vaudeville house, with short movies shown only as a prologue to the live programs. Architect W.E. Lehman used a blend of French, Italian and Flemish styles for the auditorium, which was situated behind a six-story office building that contained the theatre’s entrance and lobby.

Movies gradually took over at Proctor’s Palace Theatre, which became part of the RKO circuit in 1929. At that time, “Palace” was dropped from the name and the theatre became known as RKO Proctor’s Theatre, though in the circuit’s newspaper advertising it was listed as the Yonkers to denote its location. Of four RKO theatres in Westchester County, all but the White Plains Theatre were built by F.F. Proctor.

RKO Proctor’s Yonkers closed on July 4, 1976, and was later converted into office and retail space.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

JoanJenn on August 8, 2006 at 3:35 am

I saw Robert Mitchum and Shirley MacLaine onstage at the Proctor’s to promote “Two for the Seesaw.” Also saw “House of Wax” in 3-D and “House on Haunted Hill” where a skeleton slid down a wire from the balcony to the stage toward the end of the movie.

BobFurmanek on February 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm

On Friday January 26, 1962, the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly-Joe DeRita) embarked on a three day promotional tour for their latest feature film, THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES. They were accompanied by “The Herculean Giant” (almost 8 foot tall Dave Ballard) and popular DJ Clay Cole, who was one of the stars of the co-feature, TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK.

On Saturday January 27, they appeared at the RKO Yonkers at 3:10 PM.

silentfilmmusic on July 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Scenes for “Sweet Daddy” starring Tweedy (a/k/a Marcel Perez), a comedy short made at the Mittenthal studios in Yonkers, were shot in the theater in May 1921 at a big event honoring the Shiller Bros. “Sweet Daddy” survives in 35mm at the Library of Congress. I’ve seen the film a couple times; the footage of the interior of the theater show a packed house and views of the theatre and state.

stayc on June 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Hi Everyone!

My name is Stacie and I am a Producer working on a new series for a cable network. We will be filming at this very theater on Friday. I’m wondering if any of you would be able to provide me with some information. Bob, you mentioned Jerry Lewis being at this Theater promoting a movie. If anyone could please give me a call my number is 646-674-3043 and my name is Stacie

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on December 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

I recently photographed the Proctor’s Theatre in Yonkers. Check out this post
for some photos and a small write up.

CSWalczak on December 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

A picture showing the theater’s marquee can be seen here.

LugosiResearch on December 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm

On Thursday 28 December 1950, Bela “Dracula” Lugosi presented his in person Horror and Magic Stage show at Proctor’s Palace. Currently I am conducting research on all things Lugosi; if anyone out there actually saw this show and/or has memorabilia (poster, handbill, photos) related to this show, please contact Bill at Thanks in advance for any assistance!

LouRugani on March 6, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Three people were killed at the Proctor’s and twelve others injured on February 23, 1934 in a basement explosion blamed on accumulated gases. The dead included Patrolman Patrick Whalen, Carl Gruber, an electrical engineer, and James Frazier, 31. The blast ripped out the Proctor’s lobby and wrecked a car outside.

dallasmovietheaters on October 5, 2020 at 7:39 am

The RKO Proctor’s closed on the U.S.A.’s bicentennial celebration of July 4, 1976 after a 50-year run.

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