973 Flatbush Avenue,
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Opened as the Albemarle Theatre on March 17, 1921 presenting vaudeville and Fox pictures. Initially it was not a success. It was still an excellent place to see event films in the 1970’s like “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and played host to most of the horror movies of the early-1980’s like “Creepshow”.
In late-1984, at a time when there were few single screen cinemas left in Brooklyn, the Albemarle Theatre closed its doors due to a fire. One of the last feature presentations at the time was “Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter”.
The building, which also housed a grand banquet hall above the auditorium with an entrance on the side, was partially damaged in the the fire. It was able to be refurbished after laying dormant for a few months when it was purchased by the Jehovah’s Witnesses and became a Kingdom Hall.
The old marquee remained for several years — as did the advertisement in the old box office of “Creepshow” — but over the years with further renovations saw the marquee remodeled and no sign really today of it ever being a movie palace.
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