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Benjamin Franklin Keith (1846–1914)

The theater-owner Benjamin Franklin Keith was born in Hillsboro Bridge (Hillsborough), New Hampshire on January 26, 1846. He is the theatrical impresario generally credited with the creation of vaudeville in America, which evolved out of variety theater. The theatrical empire he helped build became one of the building blocks for Joseph P. Kennedy'... See full bio »

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He was a co-founder of the Albee-Keith-Orpheum vaudeville circuit, which later evolved into Radio-Keith-Orpheum (RKO) Pictures (1928-1958). See more »

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