The RKO-Boston movie theatre (1930s-1950s) of Boston, Massachusetts, was located at no.616 Washington Street, near Essex Street in the Boston Theater District. Associated with RKO Pictures, it featured film, big band concerts, and variety theatre performances. Musicians "Goodman, Dorsey, Miller and the rest were frequently booked into the RKO Keith-Boston ... for a week's stay. A typical show would be preceeded by a Class B movie, newsreel and coming attractions. Audience excitement would mount as the sound of musicians tuning up would filter out behind the curtains as the coming attractions were being screened. When the preview segments ended, the tuning would be silenced and the stage darkened for several seconds. Then, with the audience's applause and shouting building to a crescendo, the band would kick in with its theme as the curtain parted." The RKO-Boston occupied the former Keith-Albee Boston Theatre.
^Ernie Santosuosso. "Big bands then and now fans danced in the aisles." Boston Globe, 22 Nov 1987: 117
^Around the 1910s, no.600 Washington St. was the Henry Siegel Co. department store. Within the large Siegel building "the theater section was built in 1925, designed by Thomas Lamb." (Anthony J. Yudis. "Lafayette Place inspires revitalization; 5 old buildings in lower Washington Street marked for rehabilitation." Boston Globe, 28 Nov 1982)
^After the RKO-Boston closed, "Cinerama came in Christmas week of 1953 and stayed until around 1969." (CinemaTreasures.org. RKO Boston Theatre, 614 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111. Retrieved 2012-03-06)