RKO International 70

41 Albany Street,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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teecee
teecee on July 1, 2005 at 3:13 pm

I posted there about the same time you made this post. ESP?

teecee
teecee on September 2, 2005 at 12:42 pm

Should be updated with single screen, demolished, address at 41 Albany Street, other name – RKO Albany and 1030 seats.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 6, 2005 at 3:10 pm

If this theater was also known as the RKO Albany Theater, then there are old photos here and here.

teecee
teecee on September 7, 2005 at 10:25 am

lm
thanks for this great site.

This photo pretty much sums it up:
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The Albany was located on the N (upper) side of Albany street which is the west – east road (left to right)in the photo. From your first posted photo, the Albany appears a few stores to the left of the one building left standing with the very prominent windows. J&J demolished the Albany along with the Rivoli which was located West (left) of the towers under construction where there are cars parked near the intersection of George Street. I believe that this parking lot has been turned into more scenic gardens today to cover up a parking deck.

teecee
teecee on September 7, 2005 at 10:35 am

The “before” picture of the same block:
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The Albany is the fourth building (including one empty lot) from the left of the building with the prominent windows (near the clover leaf) and behind the huge parking lot.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 9:35 pm

Beautiful photo can be found in the book “Urban Landscapes A New Jersey Portrait” by George A. Tice
The photo is from February 1974. That Man Bolt and High Plains Drifter are the features. The theatre’s marquee reads “The New International Cinema”

JerseyGeorge
JerseyGeorge on February 2, 2008 at 1:50 am

A picture of the Albany:

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JerseyGeorge
JerseyGeorge on February 2, 2008 at 1:53 am

And another, somewhat older:

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brianm9943
brianm9943 on May 15, 2010 at 3:09 am

I remember my mom taking me to see “Gone With the Wind” for my first time. I believe it was at the International, because the only other theatre we went to, the Rivoli, I remember as showing mainly/only Disney films. I loved the curtain opening automatically, slowly, majestically at the beginning of the film, and loved their short intro to the main feature: “RKO International” (with picture of Medieval trumpeters) followed by “Feature Presentation” (with picture of a motion picture film reel moving). I can still hear the music background that went to this in my head and wish I had a copy of this intro! Thanks to those who provided the links to the old photos!

Bloop
Bloop on March 24, 2011 at 5:53 am

wow-this was someone’s “dream” grind-house !

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