Hellman Theatre

1365 Washington Avenue,
Albany, NY 12206

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nritota on October 25, 2013 at 4:53 am

According the the Remembering Cinerama series posted on this site (http://cinematreasures.org/blog/2009/3/27/remembering-cinerama-part-24-albuquerque), Albuquerque was the last three projector installation in 1964.

curmudgeon on October 24, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Hi Ridgewood Ken. Would this have been one of the last 3 strip Cinerama installations? Barely a couple of years prior to the 3 strip system becoming obsolete.

Jasonlongtonjr on March 23, 2013 at 5:59 am

I remember going to the Hellman Theatre in the 1970’s with my classmates from school #23 to see the movie Oliver twist. This is a fond memory of my childhood. I find it sad that places like this are being demolished.

Tinseltoes on July 16, 2012 at 10:46 am

More description here: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes on July 16, 2012 at 10:41 am

Featured on the front cover of this trade journal in June, 1960: Boxoffice

Tinker3cat on April 12, 2012 at 11:49 am

Saw the “The Longest Day” at the Hellman after required reading in English class at Albany College of Pharmacy of Cornelius Ryan’s book about the D-Day invasion.The black and white film version was a great experience to view . Both projection and sound was splendidly displayed. For me this was my best movie viewing experience to that time. The trailer that day was for “Lawrence of Arabia”. Breathtaking on both ! Too bad we lose these theaters. Ray, Charlotte,NC

rivest266 on February 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm

April 27th grand opening ad is at View link

nritota on October 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm

This theatre was twinned in the 70’s, not 80’s as reported above. I ran a house in the market and moved to Albany in early 1980. The house was already a twin at that time.

kencmcintyre on January 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Here is some more information about the theater and its eventual demolition:

kencmcintyre on January 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine in April 1960:

ALBANY-The new 1,060-seat Hellman Theater on Upper Washington Avenue which Neil Hellman is building at a cost estimated at $500,000, will open April 27 with the first upstate New York showing of “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies”.

The Hellman, constructed as a memorial to Neil’s father, the late Harry Hellman, a pioneer Albany exhibitor, will have a 52-foot wall-to-wall screen, eight stage and 12 wall speakers and the most modern design and deluxe equipment. Designed by Sidney Schenker, Paterson NJ architect, the house will “represent the new concept of a motion picture theater’s functions”, according to general manager Alan Iselin. Mannie Friedman, whose exhibition experience covers 23 years, will be the house manager.

shoeshoe14 on July 7, 2007 at 12:58 pm

The blue and gold seats are also the colors of the University’s mascot.

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Lost Memory on January 17, 2007 at 4:20 pm

Architects were Leon E. Einhorn of Albany, NY and Sidney Schenker of Paterson, NJ. Photos can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 8, 2005 at 2:57 pm

The Owl and the Pussycat was playing here in January of 1971:

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Lost Memory on February 5, 2005 at 2:03 pm

The address listed for this theater is:
1365 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12206