RKO Alhambra Theatre

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

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 10, 2004 at 9:42 am

The theatre part of the Alhambra Theatre building is now in use as a Shrine Lodge. The upstairs ballroom re-opened in the summer of 2003.

euphrades on June 23, 2004 at 2:25 pm

The ballroom has been restored. I attended a function there recently and the restoration is beautiful.

euphrades on June 23, 2004 at 2:24 pm

I have an original in color program of this theatre from 1907. Shows layout etc. In beautiful condition. On front states Percy Williams, manager. Not for sale but thought you might be interested in seeing it.

Orlando on March 9, 2004 at 12:43 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 on March 9, 2004 at 12:39 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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 9, 2004 at 9:50 am

The Alhambra was located at 2110 Seventh Avenue, at W. 126th Street. Percy Williams, who later sold all his theatres to Keith’s, was the original owner, with J.B. McElfatrick & Sons as architects. The Alhambra first opened on August 10, 1905, with vaudeville only. Movies didn’t creep into the programming until 1913. The Alhambra had approximately 1,500 seats, plus an upstairs dancehall originally called Paradis de Danse and later the Alhambra Ballroom. As an RKO movie house, it was first-run for the Harlem area, and operated until closure in the 1960s.