Alba Theatre

750 Flushing Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Greenpoint
Greenpoint on November 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm

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?)

HelenTony
HelenTony on September 24, 2013 at 11:25 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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on December 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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.

Goodheart
Goodheart on January 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

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

mp775
mp775 on July 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm

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.

297maujer
297maujer on June 6, 2010 at 12:13 am

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.

robboehm
robboehm on February 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm

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.

TPH
TPH on February 9, 2010 at 4:53 am

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 January 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm

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 January 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm

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.

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 25, 2009 at 9:38 pm

This 1946 Alba view comes courtesy of LIFE photo collection,
View link

robboehm
robboehm on June 7, 2009 at 8:39 pm

The only time in my life that I took the Jamaica El to lower Manhattan, was as a special treat, being a Long Islander. The only thing I remember from that trip is being on the left hand side of the train and seeing the old marquee from the Alba. Obviously, I was a theatre nut, afficianado, at an early age. Thank goodness for the internet, I can spend my waking hours with other kindred souls and remember the long, lost theatres (rather than spending an arm and a leg to go to some glorified cubicle.

Bway
Bway on April 30, 2009 at 6:35 pm

It probably was 1948, I think they labeled the photo wrong. I believe that the trolleys weren’t running in 1951 anymore.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I think that photo is incorrectly dated, and was probably taken in 1948, when that same double feature made the rounds of the RKO, Radndforce, and Skouras circuits. You can see it displayed on the marquee of the Skouras Corona Theatre in a 1948 photo that I recently linked on the Corona’s CT listing.

Bway
Bway on February 22, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Here’s a 1951 image of the Alba:

View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 26, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Only management can place photos in the introductions. You should send a request to Ross or Patrick or both @ cinematreasures.org. Good luck! Many theatres more important than the Alba don’t have photos displayed, even though some are available.

Astyanax
Astyanax on November 26, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Now that we have a photo of the Alba, can it be added to the top of the listing?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 26, 2008 at 2:43 pm

I agree that the marquee and vertical sign are probably the original. However, the white glass background and black silhouette letters on the attraction board would be a “modernization” done in the late 1930s or just after the end of WWII.

Astyanax
Astyanax on November 26, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Thanks Ken for posting the 1946 photo. The marquee and the blade sign appears to have been the original. The marquee that I recall from the ‘50’s was less stylized and more “modern” and minus the blade sign. I prefer what I assume is the original and was curious as to when the replacement was installed.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 20, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Warren, try the Brentwood theater in LA. I think there was a photo posted there yesterday.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 20, 2008 at 3:57 pm

I’ve scanned the above for the posting by “a new member named ‘misterboo’” and I can’t seem to find it. Could someone please give a date and time?

GeorgeTobor
GeorgeTobor on November 20, 2008 at 1:10 am

Piracy at the lowest level permeates this blog. Many thanks to misterboo for the marvelous photgraph. I must concur with Astyanax that the surrounding neighborhood was also part of the theatre experience. One should not be forced to separate the two.
George

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 20, 2008 at 12:44 am

Here is a 1946 photo from a new collection of Life Magazine images on Google:
http://tinyurl.com/6bccld

sasheegm
sasheegm on February 5, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Hi Astyanax: I can understand Warren’s view, as this website is devoted to Motion Picture Theaters——-and I understand your view-point also, since after going to the theaters like the Alba and others, many times we would go to a local candy store or pizza joint; so the surrounding stores do have a connection——-At BushwickBuddies, we have all topics, including the old movie theaters from that area including photos of the Alba, Rogers, loew’s Broadway and others, of which many are not shown here at Cinema Treasures———So why not give BB a try——-and tell Eleanor that Joe From Florida sent you——-It’s a great website to talk about everything in the old neighbrohood———Joe From Florida

Astyanax
Astyanax on February 5, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Appears that the grumps are not only restricted to the owner of the “bondada”. Tha Alba was a local institution and the focal point of the surrounding neighborhood. The theaters were not just buildings exisiting in a vacuum, but part of the community fabric and at times it helps to get an understanding for the texture of the surrounding area. It’s too bad if some of our members are limited in that perspective.