RKO Albee Theatre

1 DeKalb Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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RKO Albee

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The E.F. Albee Theatre, on Dekalb Avenue, which opened in January 1925, was named after Edward F. Albee (1857-1930) and had crystal chendeliers in the lobby and paintings from Albee’s private collection. It also contained a 40 x 70 foot Czech Maffersdorf carpet billed as the world’s largest rug.

The RKO Albee Theatre was closed in September 1978 and demolished in November 1978 to make way for the Albee Square Mall (which itself was demolished in the Summer of 2008).

Contributed by Frank Tilelli, William Gabel

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Brad, you have an amazing collection of fascinating theater marquees. Thank goodness Barto and Mann so thoroughly documented their appearances.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Thank you for your good words, saps. It was my father George Mann who documented many of Barto and Mann’s appearances by taking photographs of the marquees where they appeared. Although most of the marquee photographs are more like snapshots, he was an accomplished photographer. You can see examples of his photography by clicking here clicking here.

Tinseltoes on March 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

On this day in 1959, Walt Disney’s Technicolor western epic, “Tonka,” which was considered too weak for a midtown Broadway booking, made its NYC debut at the RKO Albee. Sal Mineo, billed as “New York’s own,” played the title role in the “flaming story of courage and excitement,” which boasted a supporting cast of 1,000’s including Jerome Courtland, Philip Carey, and Rafael Campos. Filling out the program was the B&W suspenser, “Step Down To Terror,” with Colleen Miller and Charles Drake.

Bloop on April 28, 2011 at 1:46 am

Warren G. Harris: I love that movie “The People Next Door” ! I’d love to hear more stories you may have. The INTERIOR of the suburban homes looked so realistic —that was a studio in NYC? I wish this movie would come out on DVD.

Tinseltoes on July 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

The rejuvenation of Albee Square is mentioned near the end of this recent article about the Fulton Street Mall: forgotten-ny

PercyCleebow CODENAME: STRIKER on October 1, 2011 at 3:43 am

This theater and me have a long but short history, Me and my Mom spent lots of Money we didn’t have here. I was so young I remember being carried into this theater as a child, seriously I was born in 1969 and remember seeing Return of the Dragon (1974) and had to be held up to see over the chair in front of me. (The photo was provided by the Brooklyn Public Library)“SORRY DIDN’T MEAN TO REMOVE THE PREVIOUS PHOTO” when I saw the posting I new I had to contribute that shot…

Ros_Fun on December 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm

This has been closed for a long time, just like the Brooklyn Paramount, which was taken over by some College.

Tinseltoes on December 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm

The RKO Albee was TOTALLY DEMOLISHED years ago in the last century. It ain’t CLOSED. It’s dead and buried!!!

Androdworld on September 8, 2013 at 9:56 am

Brad Smith, you’re AWESOME! I wish I could visit (or had visited) one tenth of the theaters you have photos of. Thanks!

Cimarron on March 19, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Pic of 1920’s Projection Room added to Photo Section.

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