1036 Madison Avenue,
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Opened as the Madison Theater on May 29, 1929, the theater was part of the Stanley Warner chain until 1975.
It was taken over by a owner in 1994, renamed the Norma Jean Madison Theater, and split into five auditoriums.
Two more screens were later added, made from former retail units.
The Norma Jean Madison, one of Albany’s oldest movie houses, finally closed in December 2001 after failing to pay its creditors. The Norma Jean hadn’t shown a movie since early-November and owed its distributors and vendors tens of thousands of dollars.
One of those groups, Boston Concessions Group of Cambridge, Massachusetts, took over the theater in Spring of 2002, and it was closed in 2003. After standing empty a while, an independent group took over and it re-opened on May 20, 2005. The other Norma Jean theater, located just outside Canandaigua, was also closed and sold two months ago after the owner went $67,000 in debt.
The Madison Theater was closed on September 8, 2013, to be remodelled into a twin screen theatre, with additional retail space. It reopened on January 17, 2014.
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