Leland Theatre

43 S. Pearl Street,
Albany, NY 12207

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The Leland Opera House opened in the late-1800’s and was one of Pearl Street’s many theatres. The Opera House was converted for vaudeville/movies and was renamed the Leland Theatre. It remained a popular theater in Albany until destroyed by fire in the late-1950’s/early-1960’s. It was demolished thereafter. Pictures I’ve seen of the fire damage show a double-balcony house, with the balconies supported by pillars.

Contributed by Joe Masher

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alcue
alcue on November 10, 2008 at 3:05 am

By the ‘50s the Leland had become home to exploitation and borderline artsy skin flicks, along with the occasional racy European import that our local Catholic diocese told us we were forbidden to see.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, March 1956:

ALBANY-Bernard “Barney” Vane, 59, who had served for 24 years as a projectionist at the Leland, died Saturday at his home. He lived in Albany for 46 years.

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