RKO Alhambra Theatre

2110 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard,
New York, NY 10027

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Orlando
Orlando on March 9, 2004 at 8:43 pm

P.S. on the above, I remember in the mid 1960’s during a period of civil unrest in the area, that someone started a fire in the balcony of the theatre that smoke was seen billowing from the upper portions of the building on Seventh Avenue. This didn’t close the theatre but it was closed some time after in 1967.

Orlando
Orlando on March 9, 2004 at 8:39 pm

It was last used or is in use as a Motor Vehicles office. When they did the same with thing to the Calderone/RKO Hempstead in Nassau County, the beautiful dome of the theatre was incorporated into the design but most ot the theatre was lost. The backstage rooms served as seperate offices with a rear entrance. I don’t know if that was the case with this one. The 126th Street entrance of the rentals or apartments/ballroom retain some terra-cotta above the entrance door way and some features are noticeable on the facade. The rear wall of the Loew’s Victoria is just a few steps from the Alhambra’s back wall.