A few weeks after we discovered the RKO Palace Theater floor at the site of RGRTA’s future transit center, Russ Shaner, president of the Rochester Theater Organ Society contacted me. These were the guys who saved the old Wurlitzer pipe organ from the RKO Palace before the building was demolished. And as it turns out, one of their founding members, D.O. Schultz, captured a treasure trove of photographs and left them with the Organ Society before he moved to Florida years ago. Russ asked RochesterSubway.com for help, both archiving the photos, and sharing them with you, the public. Below is part 1 of this awesome collection…
Front of RKO Palace Theater. The three-story building to the right of the entrance was connected to the theater although there was no access between the two from the inside. This three-story section of the building still exists underneath the 7-story building which is still there today . Clinton Ave. 1955.
UPDATE: Earlier photos posted here were incorrectly thought to be the RKO Palace inner lobby. They were actually photos of the Loew’s Theater main lobby and have been moved to a newer post about Loew’s Theater.
Actor Jack Mahoney on stage.
Bausch & Lomb celebrates 100 year anniversary the same year they introduced CinemaScope .
The opening of The Robe which was the first movie to be shown in CinemaScope.
Jay Golden was instrumental in allowing the Rochester Theater Organ Society to keep the RKO Palace’s pipe organ in Rochester. If not for his convincing, the organ would have gone to a Long Island broker.
Check back here tomorrow for part 2. Prepare to be heartbroken 🙁
Tags: Clinton Ave, demolition, downtown Rochester, Loew's Theater, Mortimer Street, old photos, old photos of Rochester, RKO Palace Theater, Rochester, Rochester history, Rochester NY, Rochester Theater Organ Society, Russ Shaner, Saint Paul Street
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