Cine 10

1440 Central Avenue,
Albany, NY 12205

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The Cine 10 started life as the ultra-modern Cine 1-2-3-4 in 1972. The theater was located behind the Northway Mall in Colonie and was the Albany area’s top-grossing theater for a good number of years. It was built by SBC Theaters, and was similar in style and architecture to their Cinema City in Hartford, CT (now Bow Tie Cinema City), the Cine 8 in Enfield, CT (demolished), and the Cine Greece in Greece, NY. Originally, theaters 1 and 2 seated roughly 400 each, and 3 and 4 seated roughly 250 each. The houses all featured red rocker-recliner chairs, red wall drapes, and floating curved screens with no maskings. In the mid 70’s, two more screens were added, along with two more illuminated blue numbers onto the existing sign, reading “CINE 1-2-3-4-5-6”. The two new screens sat roughly 200 each.

A few years later, two more screens were added next to 5 and 6, seating roughly 200 each. Two more numbers went onto the facade, reading “CINE 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8”. SBC sold their chain to Hoyt’s around 1990, and sometime either just before or after, theaters 1 and 2 were split, and the numbers 2 through 8 were pulled off the facade, replaced with a single “0”, thus the sign read “CINE 10”.

Major competition came in 1984 in the newly-built Crossgates Mall 12, opened by Cinema Centers Corporation. The new mall is located under two miles away from the Northway Mall, which by this time could have been classified as a ‘dead mall’. Hoyt’s also bought Cinema Centers around the same time they purchased SBC, so they owned both theaters. In the late 90’s, the Crossgates Mall underwent a massive expansion, and Hoyt’s opened a new stadium-seated 18-plex in another part of the mall, giving them 30 screens in two complexes at Crossgates. At this time, the Cine 10 became “ALL SEATS $2.99” and showed subrun movies. The attendance rebounded, but once the lease ran up, Hoyt’s closed up shop at the Cine 10, in the year 2000.

The theater sat, gutted, vacant, and somewhat boarded up, for years. It was demolished in May, 2007, along with a former adjacent department store building, for a Lowe’s Home Center.

Contributed by Joe Masher

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NickyG
NickyG on July 17, 2007 at 8:03 pm

Had a rather pungent aroma in its last year or two…

charlie35
charlie35 on August 15, 2007 at 11:04 am

Yes, it was quite musty-smelling in the end. The last thing I saw there was the South Park movie. By that time the theater had been reduced to a discount operation, as the tickets were only $3.

carljohnson
carljohnson on January 26, 2008 at 4:28 pm

When originally built, there were some other, smaller theaters nearby — the one at Colonie Center (two screens in a separate building, now gone), and the Fox Colonie. Together, these drew in moviegoers from all over the Capital District. Unfortunately, I don’t think the owners ever put a dime into upkeep, even when they kept splitting it up — the place was ratty fairly early on.

nritota
nritota on April 3, 2008 at 2:31 am

I managed this theater (and became a district manager under Hoyts) from 1980 thru 1987. I take issue with the reinvestment note on the previous post, as SBC constantly improved this under-built, over sold house. I supervised construction of all expansions (6-8, 8-10) and the interior box office addition and expansion. We had a game room in the early 80’s and were one of the first computerized box-offices in the east.

We also brought in dolby stereo, surround sound and handicapped seating, before it was mandated.

Now granted, this was a ‘modern’ cinder block theatre, but it was one of the best grossing theatres in the northeast. We often conjectured that we could have shown home movies on the Cine screens and generated grosses.

Nick

Coate
Coate on January 14, 2009 at 5:24 am

Was this theater located in Albany or Colonie?

nritota
nritota on January 15, 2009 at 1:35 am

Colonie behind the former Northway Mall.

cmbussmann
cmbussmann on April 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm

This place wasn’t great but I have two strong memories from attending films here as a teenager. One was seeing “Casino” with my Father and the theater actually booked an intermission (as in they deliberately cut the film at roughly the 90 min mark, raised the lights, and had an attendant come in and yell “intermission”) so my Father and I just went outside and stood in the sun for 10 minutes. The other memory was skateboarding in the parking lot with my friends and being chased off by security, which meant we missed our showtime. Don’t think we actually saw a movie that day.

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