Alpine Theatre

6817 Fifth Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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martinreck
martinreck on December 19, 2009 at 4:05 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.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on December 12, 2009 at 4:54 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 4:42 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 7:24 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 5:34 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/

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 17, 2008 at 12:35 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 5:39 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 3:54 pm

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

harrynicc
harrynicc on September 5, 2007 at 3:45 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 11:49 am

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.

Mariec53
Mariec53 on August 25, 2007 at 1:29 am

The movie theatre in SNF is the Loews Oriental under the el on 86th street.

efriedmann
efriedmann on July 19, 2007 at 2:31 pm

Is this the theater that can be seen behind John Travolta as he struts his stuff in the opening scene of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, with the movie title, NETWORK, on the marquee?

And if not, which theater is it?

MikeRadio
MikeRadio on July 7, 2007 at 8:51 pm

When is this place closing?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 22, 2006 at 6:53 am

Nice photos – I count 16 of them so perhaps a few were added recently. I like the use of fish eye and the shot out through the front doors to the street. I wonder if this person has shots of the auditoriums that will be added at some point…

RobertR
RobertR on June 18, 2006 at 10:48 am

He owns the Cinemart and owned the 59th Street East but I’m not sure if he has that one anymore.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 18, 2006 at 4:26 am

Some of the articles specifially mention that his other screens show mainstream fare, not art, yet Cinema Village shows exclusively art product.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 17, 2006 at 10:06 pm

AMC has left the building.

Also, I can’t tell exactly what other theaters Nicolaou owns in Manhattan…is it one theater or is it the City Cinemas chain?

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on June 8, 2006 at 5:26 pm

Nick Nicolaou is a very determined individual! It might be a good idea if he would be willing to add the Ridgewood Theater to his collection, although ALthefilmguy on the Ridgewood thread might already be working on that project. Too bad Nick didn’t add the Trylon Theater to his collection a few years back!

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on June 8, 2006 at 1:59 pm

Thank you for sharing this NY1 news story. What a great article!

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on May 27, 2006 at 6:47 pm

Nicolos Nicolaou who owns the Cinemart Theater in Forest Hills & CC Cinemas on the Upper East Side, sealed the deal on the Alpine Theater. It will show films and also operate as a cultural center. It’s superb that he made a committment to reuse this 1921 theater, sparing it from the all too familiar drugstore. Looking forward to this victory! These links may be of interest:

www.courierlife.net/site/news.cfm?newsid=16583707&BRD=2384&PAG=461&dept_id=560112&rfi=6

www.brooklynpapers.com/html/issues/_vol29/29_18/29_18nets6.html

NY Sun: http://w4.stern.nyu.edu/news/news.cfm?doc_id=5859

Theaterat
Theaterat on May 5, 2006 at 5:47 am

Re the Alpine… It seems that this theater will NOT be closing after all.A theater developer from Queensbought the property for an undisclosed ammount. He plans to refurbish it and have community theater and other events in one of the auditoriums.Bay Ridge congressman Marty Golden is part of the plan and Massey- Knakal real estate has confirmed the deal according to a NY Daily News article dated May 3. Keep you posted. While far from being a great theater, maybe now in the near future it may become a better theater. Prehaps I will go to it again and give it a better review, providing there is something worth seeing!

ERD
ERD on May 3, 2006 at 7:52 am

Nice to know there is someone innovative enough in Brooklyn to take a chance.

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on May 3, 2006 at 6:19 am

It takes an Upstate newspaper to report the news! And what great news. And what an upbeat turn in the history of the Alpine, one of the very few Loew’s theaters built without a stage for live shows. Every showplace deserves a stage, and now the Alpine will have one. May Bay Ridgites break down the doors forever after. Evcharisto, Nico Nicolaos!