Albemarle Theatre

973 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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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.

Contributed by Jamal P. Savage

Recent comments (view all 76 comments)

techman707
techman707 on January 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm

jinchelsea- The Rialto, down the street from the Albemarle was operated by Century. I don’t recall the Albemarle ever being operated by Century. I believe the last owner was Interbourgh Theatres. The Albemarle had a booth built into the loge, which would have been perfect for 70mm…but it was not to be.

robboehm
robboehm on January 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Century leased the Albemarle for many years. See earlier in the thread. They specifically built the Rialto.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Saw the auditorium after the renovation. Nice job and friendly crowd.

PeteMarriott
PeteMarriott on April 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

I remember going there as a kid in the 70’s and early 80’s. If we couldn’t get into the RKO Kenmore over on Church we’d walk down the street to the Albermarle.

ffforte
ffforte on May 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm

My father owned a record store to the right of this theater from 1965-1973. (L.A.S. Music) As a child when accompanying my dad to work on Saturdays, it was easy to walk next door an see a movie. Experiencing 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1969 was memorable.

robboehm
robboehm on December 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm

They must have turned it around somehow. It lasted until the fire in 1984 as a single screen theater. Don’t know what it looked like “in the day”, but the pictures of the auditorium as a church (elsewhere on this site) show a spectacular space.

Chicagob
Chicagob on December 16, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I am trying to search closed theatres in Brooklyn and the site will now only give me open theatres. Do I need to change my settings?

Chicagob
Chicagob on December 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I found the menu below the map to select open, closed, demolished etc. nice improvement. Thanks

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 17, 2013 at 1:57 pm

If spring 1921 was the time of the Albemarle’s opening, then the Variety piece you copied from April 22, 1921, seems a pretty snap rush to judgment on the lack of success for the venue.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 17, 2013 at 2:05 pm

My mistake. The photo is dated January 19, 1921, and refers to the theatre opening the following month. So, by April 22, Variety had in the neighborhood of two full months worth of box office figures by which to judge its success. The photo caption also refers to the theatre as the “Albemarle Palace,” suggesting this may have been the name under which it opened.

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