Harmanus Bleecker Hall

161 Washington Avenue,
Albany, NY 12210

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Harmanus Bleecker Hall opened in 1889. Harmanus Bleecker Hall was named after Harmanus Bleecker who was a prominent attorney, a congressman and a foreign ambassador. The hall was remodeled around 1929 and used as a motion picture theatre. Harmanus Bleecker Hall was destroyed by fire in May of 1940.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm

There are 2 theaters listed for Albany in the 1897-98 edition of the Juilus Cahn Official Theatrical Guide: the Leland Opera House, and “Harmanu’s Bleecker Hall”. The listing says that the hall had 2,985 seats; ticket prices ranged from 25 cents to $1.50. It was managed by Woodward & Voyer. It had electric illumination; the proscenium opening was 48' 8" wide X 41' 6" high; the stage was 50 feet deep. The auditorium was on the ground floor and there were 8 players in the house orchestra. The 1897 population of Albany was 100,000 plus 40,000 additional in suburban areas.

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