Madison Theater

1036 Madison Avenue,
Albany, NY 12208

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 20, 2014 at 5:21 pm

The Madison Theater has opened again. It now has two screens and classic movies will be shown. Here is an article about the opening including some photos.

Madison Theater website

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.”

Full article at:

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.

Article at:

Tinseltoes on July 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Renovations described in this 1968 trade article: Boxoffice

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Here is a recent night view of the Madison.

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.
Eric- estott at

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 5, 2007 at 1:18 pm

This is a recent close-up of the Madison Theater marquee.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 7, 2005 at 2:02 pm

A Wurlitzer organ Opus 2041 Style 190 was installed in the Madison Theater on 4/17/1929.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 8, 2005 at 3:23 pm

In January of 1970 this was the RKO Madison:

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 7, 2005 at 10:57 am

At least this theater has been saved. It came close to being a CVS pharmacy which we could always use more of……NOT!

“Former Madison Theater gets a new owner”

“Along with several partners, Joe Tesiero, who operates a movie theater in Amsterdam, N.Y., has purchased the former Norma Jean Madison movie theater in Albany, N.Y. for $225,000 from No Frills Inc. of Newburgh, N.Y. The partnership group 1036-1040 Madison LLC plans to reopen the theater as a first-run movie house this summer.

The seven-screen movie theater has been closed since mid-2003 and has significant damage from a flood while it was vacant, Tesiero said. The partners have not yet determined how much repairs will cost.

No Frills is an arm of the New York City-based Bank of New York, which had taken possession of the theater in 2003. The deal was brokered by Ann MacAffer and John MacAffer of CB Richard Ellis Albany.

Tesiero last year had a deal to develop a movie theater in downtown Schenectady fall apart over financing and parking issues. The then-proposed 14-screen Diamond Cinema was to be one of the cornerstones in the development of Schenectady’s arts and entertainment district.

Tesiero said he’s not gun shy about proposing another theater project. The difference this time is that 1036-1040 Madison is not asking for public money for the project.

We have the equipment we bought for Schenectady. We’re ready to try again. We’re going to take our time and open when we’re ready, Tesiero said.

An attempt last year by the CVS pharmacy chain to buy and demolish the building to make room for an expanded pharmacy had met with resistance from members of the community. CVS already has a store next door, but wanted the new location to include a drive through window".

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 7, 2005 at 10:33 am

While the name is being changed, it would be a good idea to also change the address:
1036 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

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?