Alpine Cinema

6817 5th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm

No the theatre was torn down after the fire,but the lobby was used for retail until the mid 80’s.Church Street Center was built on this site but was also torn down about 20 years later.I have posted some photos of this theatre on its page here on Cinema Treasures.Click on to it to read its history.

techman707
techman707 on March 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Yep, sounds like the Vendome was a “real” one. Too bad it burned down. Does the shell still exist or was it totally demolished after the fire?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Techman The Loews Vendome was bought by Loews in 1920 and ran it till it burned in August 1967. It was located on Church Street facing up Capitol Blvd,looking directly up to the Tennessee Capitol Building. I quess this would be a “Real” Loews although they did not build it.After the fire at the Vendome Loews leased the Crescent down the street Calling it the Loews Crescent. They also leased in 1967 the Melrose Theatre called the Loews Melrose and ran it till late 1982, the building and shopping center were owned by E.B. Raskin Co.They also leased the Madsion Square Theatre calling it the Loews Madison,it was the newest theatre we had then being built in 1969.I worked in these last 3 theatres,all are listed on C.T.Both Loews in Memphis we real Loews as far as I know.

techman707
techman707 on March 28, 2011 at 7:43 am

WTVJ is channel 6 right now. WFOR, which is CBS is channel 4 now. Like I said, about 1991 they swapped channels. I live in Coral Springs.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 28, 2011 at 6:57 am

WTVJ, Channel FOUR was the CBS affiliate when I lived there. Channel six was independent.

techman707
techman707 on March 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm

tsloews- I’ve been to Nashville, my sister inlaw is the District Attorney in McMinville (I think it’s spelled that way), however I didn’t realize Nashville had 4 Loews theatres. Were they all “real” Loews theatres or were some of them just new boxes?

techman707
techman707 on March 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

No, WTVJ is the NBC affiliate in Miami. Bernard Myerson had an interest in WFOR, the CBS affiliate. It’s confusing since originally NBC was on channel 4 and CBS was on channel 6. About 20 years ago they swapped frequencies for technical reasons and NBC-WTVJ is now on 6 and CBS-WFOR is on channel 4. However, I’m sure it’s Bernard Myerson from Loews.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm

techman, are you confusing Bernard Meyerson with Fox executive Sidney Meyer who co-founded Wometco and WTVJ Miami?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Yes techman I did I just posted that on another page we have been chatting on. No I do not know the ansewer about the “Bernies” I work for Loews from 1973 starting as a doorman and worked my way up leaving as a Manager in late 1981.Wish I was still in the business sometimes.This was in Nashville, Tennessee ,were I still live. There were 4 Loews in Nashville over the years. First of all the Loews Vendome, Loews Crescent, Loews Melrose, and Loews Madison, all are on Cinema Treasures if you would like to check them out. The Loews Melrose is listed under Melrose Theatre,Nashville,and the Loews Madison is listed as Madsion Square Theatre Nashville, the other two are listed as Loews Theatres under those names I listed. Also there were two theatres in Memphis,Tenn,the Loews Palace and Loews State listed under those names. Elvis worked and was fired from the Loews State there.

techman707
techman707 on March 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm

tisloews, did you work for Loews? If so, would you know if the “Bernies”, Bernard Myerson and/or Bernard Diamond (Loews Vice-presidents)are still alive? Years ago I understand Bernard Myerson had a financial interest in the CBS television affiliate in Miami Florida.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Thanks techman.

techman707
techman707 on March 26, 2011 at 9:32 am

“The 1943 Film Daily Yearbook lists it with 2163 seats. The multiplex probably used lobby space as well. The proscenium remains as storage area behind the last two screens.
posted by AlAlvarez on Dec 12, 2009 at 4:54pm”

Al, the multiplex did not use ANY original lobby space at all. Having been involved in the design and installation of the multiplex, I can tell you that the reason lobby space couldn’t be used was because the back of the original theatre is WIDER than the lobby section of the building. There are exit doors that go to the theatre alley on the left of the building, which extend to the left beyond the lobby portion of the building. The exit doors were the BACK of the original theatre.

Other then poking holes for the hanging ceiling in the lobby, the original ornamental plaster is still above the lobby. Everything else had been pretty much gutted.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on January 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

Nice 1958 photo of the Loews Alpine posted by Warren.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 11, 2010 at 8:55 am

…but they are advertising show times for seven screens.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 11, 2010 at 8:05 am

Current total seating capacity is 1,381 for the five screens per their website at http://www.alpinecinemas.com/ .

martinreck
martinreck on December 19, 2009 at 6:05 pm

It’s unlikely the Film Daily Yearbook was wrong. It’s more likely my memory is wrong. Perhaps the theater was three sections wide, which would be consistent with the number of seats stated in the Yearbook. Nevertheless it still looked huge, and definitely had a much larger Cinemascope screen than any other nearby theater.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 12, 2009 at 6:54 pm

The 1943 Film Daily Yearbook lists it with 2163 seats. The multiplex probably used lobby space as well. The proscenium remains as storage area behind the last two screens.

martinreck
martinreck on December 12, 2009 at 6:42 pm

The number of seats (around 2200+) is for the chopped up theater. The single screen version must have been much more. As I recall (and keep in mind this goes back about 45 years), there were four sections each with fourteen seats (a bit less for a few front rows) and about 55 rows. This computes to about 3000 seats – remember this was without a balcony. It was huge! Does anyone know the exact number of seats in the original theater?

Greenpoint
Greenpoint on November 5, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Just seen “Michael Jackson:This is it” at the Alpine, lovely old theatre…..heres some (2) shots…

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2037507

Greenpoint
Greenpoint on November 1, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Here’s the Alpine Theratre website for your CT perusal….I’m checking out This is it! whose coming with?

http://www.alpinecinemas.com/alc/ca/

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm

On May 5, 1993, The Brooklyn Spectator published two pages of Bay Ridge movie palace memories written by Andrew Johnson and John Cocchi.

Here they are:
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gerryrules73
gerryrules73 on September 10, 2007 at 7:39 pm

The theater is no longer owned by AMC. It is independently owned & uses Creative Ent. (sometimes it advertises that) as a booking service. Please update the netsite to show that.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on September 5, 2007 at 5:54 pm

Are any changes being made which will affect or enhance the building’s historical integrity?

harrynicc
harrynicc on September 5, 2007 at 5:45 pm

check it out, the alpine has a new a/c system, brand new seats and a fresh painted floor! also ticket prices are cheaper and they even sell ice cream! sooner or later there are going to be even more changes to make this theater even better

theatrefan
theatrefan on September 5, 2007 at 1:49 pm

The movie theatre Tony Manero (John Travolta) walks under in the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever was the Benson Twin, which was next to the Chase Manhattan Bank off of 20th Avenue and 86th Street, not the Loew’s Oriental, but you also can see the Loew’s Oriental in the very start of the film, when the B train is zooming by, it’s way off in the distance of that shot.