RKO International 70

41 Albany Street,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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egcarter
egcarter on September 1, 2014 at 8:49 pm

There was an entire “sub-circuit” within the RKO theatre chain called “RKO International 70” that was developed in late 1963, It was designed to be a deluxe set of houses (all 70mm equipped), including locations in Denver, Boston, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Syracuse, Rochester and the NY Metro area. The SOUND OF MUSIC ad posted to this New Brunswick house listing is actually for the Cincinnati theatre.

Bloop
Bloop on March 24, 2011 at 1:53 am

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

brianm9943
brianm9943 on May 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm

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!

JerseyGeorge
JerseyGeorge on February 1, 2008 at 8:53 pm

And another, somewhat older:

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JerseyGeorge
JerseyGeorge on February 1, 2008 at 8:50 pm

A picture of the Albany:

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teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 4:35 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”

teecee
teecee on September 7, 2005 at 5:35 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 September 7, 2005 at 5:25 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 2, 2005 at 7:42 am

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

teecee
teecee on July 1, 2005 at 10:13 am

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

teecee
teecee on July 1, 2005 at 8:18 am

Thanks for the post. I read “41” Albany street in your ad, which matches the address in my 6/12/05 post. I’ll do some research on the Trenton theater.

RobertR
RobertR on July 1, 2005 at 8:07 am

Hard to believe they once played Richard Burton’s Electronovision version of “Hamlet” 2 a day. The reason I bring this up is look at this ad, it seems there were two theatres called RKO International 70. This one at 45 Albany Street and another in Trenton located at 18 South Brean Street. It’s such an unusual name for a theatre and two of them really seems odd. Anyone have any idea?

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JerryK
JerryK on June 16, 2005 at 5:36 am

A fact which needs to be remembered here, is by 1970, the demographics of New Brunswick, as well as many cities in NJ, ,had changed dramatically. The theater, by that time, reflected the tastes of its customers. Albany street, by the mid 70’s, was a very run down area. That area today bears NO resemblence to that time period.

teecee
teecee on June 16, 2005 at 4:51 am

Wow – not exactly Academy Award material. Looks like a “B” theater to me.
Thanks for the post.

JerryK
JerryK on June 13, 2005 at 10:17 am

I have 4 theatre seats, the curtain motor, and a piece of the screen from this theatre! These items were used in my basement movie theatre which I built around 1976.

teecee
teecee on June 12, 2005 at 11:24 am

A 1936 photo can be seen on page 117 of the Arcadia Publishing book “New Brunswick”.

Caption states that this theatre was renamed the International Theatre in 1972 but sadly DEMOLISHED in 1978. Located on Albany Street at the foot of the Albany Steet Bridge.

I think that this theatre may have also been known as the “RKO Albany”, which is listed at 41 Albany Street in the 1951 FDY. This maps fairly close to the bridge.

RobertR
RobertR on June 8, 2005 at 8:36 am

I found this theatre listed in a block ad from 1971.

teecee
teecee on June 8, 2005 at 7:41 am

In the 1951 FDY, RKO operated 3 theaters: the State (listed on CT), the Rivoli and the Albany.