Alba Theatre

750 Flushing Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Alba Theatre

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The Fox Alba Theatre was opened by Fox Theatres in 1929, opening with “The Green Murder Case”. It was equipped with a Robert Morton 2 manual, 8 rank organ. In later years it was operated by Randforce. It was closed in 1970.

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TPH
TPH on January 3, 2010 at 3:38 am

As often as has been noted that the Randforce circuit did little to advertise their theatres it should be considered that during the depression the regular purchase of a newspaper was often a luxury in most households. Added to that, despite the acculturating influences of movies, many immigrants were not able to read in English. I suspect that the major form of “advertising” was along the elevated subway circuits. What better way to know what was showing than to ride the BMT Jamaica line along Broadway from the Williamsburg Bridge to Eastern Parkway and grab a glimpse of all the theatres marquees along the way. A ride along Manhattan’s Third Ave. el must have served a similar purpose at major stops such as 14th St. & 86th St.

robboehm
robboehm on January 3, 2010 at 8:52 am

Also any bus or the el in Queens along Jericho Turnpike/Jamaica Avenue. Starting in Nassau, Park (New Hyde Park), Floral (Floral Park), Bellerose, Queens and Community in Queens Village, Bellaire, Hollis; Carlton, Valencia, Midway, Alden, Jamaica, Savoy (all in Jamaica with the Hillside off to the right), then on into Woodhaven with the Haven and the Woodhaven, etc..

TPH
TPH on February 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I was reminded after seeing a vintage movie poster in a Vermont drug store, that local theatres would often not advertise their features in newspaper ads. Instead they would print two-color, simple lettered posters announcing what was playing for the week. These posters were then distributed among local merchants who would display the placards in their shop windows, probably in exchange for a few movie pases. Probably a very inexpensive form of advertising.

robboehm
robboehm on February 9, 2010 at 3:47 am

See my comment for the Center Moriches Theatre. The current tenant, a dry cleaner, has two of these cards on display behind the counter as well as a picture of the theatre and the writeup that I did when creating the entry for CT.

297maujer
297maujer on June 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm

All this is gone. Now there is a hospital, Woodhull Medical Center. There were so many movie theaters in this area and they’re all gone. I have to take the train into Manhattan to see a movie. When I hit Lotto I plan on purchasing the old Rainbow Theater on Graham between Messerole and Montrose and show old movies, cartoons, present live shows.

mp775
mp775 on July 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

Ironically, the theater is gone, but the trolley pictured in the 1948 photo posted by Bway on 2/22/09 is preserved at the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven, CT.

Goodheart
Goodheart on January 24, 2011 at 9:34 am

I’m just glad that we finally have a few photos of the Alba (thanks to those who supplied them).
I saw the movie “The Window” at the Alba and I recall when they displayed a big wood crate outside when they were promoting “The Thing” in 1951.
Those were happier days for me.

JoeB

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on December 4, 2012 at 6:31 am

The Alba was an “indie” that opened in 1928 and was taken over in 1929 by Fox Theatres. Please note the ad that I posted today in the Photos Section.

HelenTony
HelenTony on September 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm

This Movie Theater is my most favorite of all, because it is where my Dearly Beloved Dad took my Mom on their first date… R.I. P.

Greenpoint
Greenpoint on November 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

Woodhull Hospital now stands in that spot. Here is some trivia for you: the abandoned lot (formerly know as the Alba Theatre) is can be seen in the santa claus French Connection foot-chase scene (do you pick your feet in Poughkeepsie CT?)

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