The future of a 79-year-old Richmond Hill movie theater has been cast into doubt after workers recently yanked letters that spelled its famous name - "RKO Keith's" - off the historic marquee.
Preservationists wonder if more changes are planned at the Hillside Ave. mainstay - used as a bingo hall and flea market - now that the striking type has come down, apparently for good.
"It's not going back up," said a man who's helping out at the bingo hall while its manager, Bob Wooldridge, is on vacation.
Wooldridge did not return calls seeking comment.
Buildings Department spokeswoman Kate Lindquist said the city hasn't issued permits to remove the entire marquee or renovate the former theater, opened in 1929. But preservationists remain worried.
Fears of coming detractions at former RKO Keith's in Richmond Hill