Keiths Theatre

Address: 113-21 Lyon St NW
City: Grand Rapids
State: MI
Zip:
County: Kent
Open: 1914
Capacity:
Owner History: Butterfield Theatres
Number of visits to this page: 12115
Notes: AKA: RKO Keiths, Empress
Info Updates:
9/9/2012 - Jim Fahlstedt
Wow! We were going to the Keith's! This was the top movie house in Grand Rapids, bar none. It was a former vaudeville theater. The interior had loads of ornamental plaster work, all of which had been painted over as it was no longer in vogue. The balconies (two) and the boxes were rarely used, but they added to the classy appearance. I loved this place. The Radio Keith's Orpheum chain owned this house when it became a first run movie theater. That was in the days when the studios controlled distribution and exhibition of their movies. It was destroyed in a wanton fit of misguided urban renewal which left Grand Rapids with a lot of characterless buildings.
1/19/2004 - WaterWinterWonderland
This theatre represents the heyday of movie palaces quite well. From the awesome exterior architecture, the provate boxes, the balcony, and the wonderful interior decor this house was certainly the picture of class in motion picture exhibition.
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Keiths Theatre - VINTAGE PIC
VINTAGE PIC
Keiths Theatre - OLD MARQUEE SHOT
OLD MARQUEE SHOT
Keiths Theatre - INTERIOR SHOT
INTERIOR SHOT
Keiths Theatre - INTERIOR SHOT
INTERIOR SHOT
Keiths Theatre - STAGE AND SCREEN
STAGE AND SCREEN
Keiths Theatre - AUDITORIUM
AUDITORIUM
Keiths Theatre - OLD POST CARD
OLD POST CARD
Keiths Theatre - OLD PIC FROM KARA TILOTSON
OLD PIC FROM KARA TILOTSON
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