Madison Theater

1036 Madison Avenue,
Albany, NY 12208

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gd14lawn on December 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm

It appears that the Madison will also host live entertainment when the renovations are complete.

“The space at the back of the building, part of the third phase, will be converted into an entertainment area. The entertainment area will be used for comedy shows, concerts, lectures, and movies as well, according to Fishgold. However, there are some limitations as to what kinds of performances he will allow.”

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gd14lawn on September 8, 2013 at 1:05 am

The Madison is closing after tomorrow’s afternoon shows. The theater has been sold and will be remodeled. The number of screens is being reduced from 7 to 2 and additional retail space will be reclaimed.

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Tinker3cat on April 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I loved going to the “Madison” while attending Albany College of Pharmacy in the 60’s. It’s design was plain ,but it was clean and spacious. It looked Quite elegant in it’s neighborhood setting. When attending “ Von Ryan’s Express” starring Frank Sinatra ,a power outage resulted in issuance of free pass to everyone attending. I remember this since such has never happened to me before or since. Just lucky I guess. The film turned out great! Ray , Charlotte NC

TLSLOEWS on February 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Not the Madsion theatre I was looking for.

nerwall16 on May 30, 2009 at 3:18 pm

jay pregent came into my theater today and gave me his card so i looked up the madison. very cool

joemasher on November 24, 2008 at 5:56 am

The name of this theater should be changed back to Madison Theater. The Norma Jean operation has been disassociated with this theater for some time.

JayPregent on September 13, 2007 at 9:01 am

Just felt I had to make a comment here.

I have been going to the Madison since I was a little kid. Saw many movies there and remember the original interior.

Since 1998 I have been the technician for the projection and sound equipment. First for Paul Feidler, who chopped it up and gave it the name Norma Jean. I rehabbed the equipment for BCG when they took it over.

When they left all the equipment was pulled.

In the spring of 2005 I was working on a booth install in California and got back with less than two weeks to get the new equipment running in one theater for Star Wars.

We then went on, one screen at a time getting them open. All 7 screens have been open for over a year.

I must confess that I am also one of the partnership that owns the theater and as of the summer of 07, the manager too.

The building has suffered from quite a bit of neglect over the years. With it open I hope to continue the improvements as the business will permit.

We have digital sound on 3 screens with the possibility of more as my time permits. Another dream is to get the 70mm sound working. Iâ€\m really just short a lens and the time.

We may not have all the state of the art wiz bang that the malls have to offer but I promise that you will enjoy yourself with a personal touch as everyone is appreciated.

Oh yea and I noticed that my head projectionist has already posted a while back too.

The new web site is

My email is if you canâ€\t reach me through the web site.


estott on February 5, 2007 at 1:41 pm

Does anyone here know anything about the former theater on Clinton Ave? For a brief time during its recent rebuilding a bit of the modest spanish/moorish facade reappeared. Now it’s housing a black community organization and a SEFCU branch. I think it might have been a Paramount theater.
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estott on February 2, 2007 at 11:18 pm

There was only one theater by that name in Albany (thank God) and the fires did superficial cosmetic damage so the owner could close the building. Currently it’s up and running.

kencmcintyre on February 2, 2007 at 6:15 pm

There was a fire in 1996, if the reference is to this Norma Jean. Am I correct in that there was only one Norma Jean in the city of Albany?

estott on December 3, 2006 at 12:06 pm

It’s currently open. There’s nothing left of the original interior, but very little was left before the multiplex was done- in the 1980’s it had a large open auditorium that was very plain- draped walls and a little deco on the ceiling. The facade still has nice deco terra cotta though.

Patsy on October 10, 2005 at 5:03 pm

While recently in Albany I was not told about this other Lamb theatre so unfortunately did not locate it so I would love to see a photo.

SusanM on September 23, 2005 at 5:14 am

Does anyone have a way to contact Joe Tesorio or the Madison’s office? Their box office number just gives show times and doesn’t give out an administrative number.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on July 7, 2005 at 3:35 pm

It seems that currently they are only running shows on four of the seven screens.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on July 7, 2005 at 10:24 am

The words “Norma Jean” should be removed from the name of this theatre.

AndrewDuggan on July 6, 2005 at 10:22 am

Things are moving ahead, slowly but very well. The theater opened for Star Wars III, and we’ve gradually been adding more features as we complete work on the theaters. As of today, we have four theaters up and running, the two largest houses (both DTS equipped, one with a brand new screen that looks FANTASTIC) and two of the midsized theaters (currently in analog, soon in SDDS) and a 5th will be done by next week.

I will be glad to post some links to pictures when I get a chance. If you are in the area, feel free to drop in!

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on May 26, 2005 at 7:34 pm

Any word on any progress?

y0yodyne on April 8, 2005 at 10:13 am

The Madison Theater has been purchased by a developer who plans to reopen as a first run theater. Details here.

AuntieK on February 3, 2005 at 6:37 pm

What a great theater the Madison was! I spent a lot of time there as a child, my Great Grandfather managed it for a long time! Not only the Madison but (throughout his career) the Strand (long gone), the Delaware (now the Spectrum) and the Palace (now owned by the city). My siblings, cousins and I just had the best times there, serving ourselves from the candy counter and visiting the projection booth! What memories!

joemasher on September 11, 2004 at 5:54 am

The Madison could be a profitable operation, in my opinion (having grown up in the area), if it were reopened as a second-run house, with “ALL SEATS $2.99” or something similar. The Hoyts chain ran their Cine 10 as a very successful $2.99 house, but did not continue its operation beyond its lease. The Madison should still be in very good shape. It’s located practically across the street from St. Rose College and the University at Albany. I don’t believe it would be a very successful first run (unless you were able to deep-discount it-$5 for adults) because Regal operates 30 screens about 3 miles up the road, and there is a successful Art/Upscale operation (The Spectrum 8) a couple of miles on the other side.
There is quite a bit of buzz going on upstate that some developer is wanting to demolish the Madison and replace it with a CVS Drug Store. So hurry!

yaw3 on September 10, 2004 at 6:20 pm

Does anyone have any ideas on whether it would or would not be a good idea to buy the Madison Theater and renovate and reopen it?

richardg on February 22, 2004 at 5:29 pm

While in a closed movie palace in Pennsylvania, I ran across several clippings about movie theatres. One clipping was from the local newspaper with an A.P. article about the Madison. The last film it showed before the closing and “plexing” was “Exit to Eden”. The theatre sat 700 patrons and boasted a hugh 54ft by 26ft screen covered with retractable curtains. Barry Rosenblatt was the owner and the theatre has been in his family since 1976. Sorry, no date was visible on the article

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 6, 2004 at 3:56 pm

This should be listed as a 7-screen multiplex. It seats 715.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 4, 2004 at 12:44 pm

The Madison Theater did reopen in 2002, but closed down again in 2003.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 14, 2003 at 3:27 pm

The Madison Theater is for sale at View link