Alpine Theatre

6817 5th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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theatrefan
theatrefan on February 14, 2017 at 10:52 pm

Comfortably Cool, yes I checked the finding aid for the Loew’s Collection and found nothing on the Alpine unfortunately, no Loew’s Bay Ridge as well & only one photo of the Loew’s Oriental, I wonder if that was the same one I saw in one of the Marquee’s I have on Loew’s Theatres Inc. I also wanted to thank you for posting all those great vintage ads and photo’s I appreciate it.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on February 14, 2017 at 9:11 pm

I’ve never seen any interior photos of the original Alpine, which doesn’t mean that they don’t exist in some archive like the Loew’s Theatres Collection owned by Theatre Historical Society of America (now based in Pittsburgh, PA).

theatrefan
theatrefan on February 14, 2017 at 5:07 pm

Comfortably Cool, Are there any photo’s that exist out there that shows the original Alpine’s auditorium & lobby before it was twinned by Loew’s & then subsequently gutted by Golden?

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on February 13, 2017 at 9:03 pm

The Fortway had an atmospheric auditorium with an overhanging balcony, while the Alpine was a conventional auditorium with stadium seating at the rear. There’s no way that you could confuse photos of the two auditoriums.

theatrefan
theatrefan on February 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm

The photo’s on that site are from 1973, the Exorcist was the film on the Fortway marquee photo, there is also a shot of the lobby in the pre-multiplex days & a shot of the drinking fountain that was once in the lobby. There are no auditorium shots unfortunately.

DJM78
DJM78 on February 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

Are you sure that shot is of the Fortway on Fort Hamilton Pkwy in Bklyn? There are some interior shots of The Fortway on its page on this site. The photos look much different

theatrefan
theatrefan on February 6, 2017 at 6:45 pm

The Theatre Historical Society of America (THSA) has interior photo’s of the Fortway as a single, have you seen those? I have not seen Alpine interiors as a single on their site, but there are descriptions in the comments that give a pretty good description of it when it was a single.

DJM78
DJM78 on February 6, 2017 at 6:34 pm

I’ve never seen an interior shot of the Alpine when it was one screen. This site has a lot of great pics of theaters before they were multiplexed. I’d love to see an interior shot of the Alpine prior to the gut job.

theatrefan
theatrefan on January 24, 2017 at 4:35 pm

I know when AMC walked away at the end of May 2006, the Alpine was closed for about a weeks time until the current operator assumed operation. Not sure of what happened between Golden & Cineplex Odeon. You are absolutely right the Fortway was a much nicer theatre, probably because it was not gutted like the Alpine was to make it into a seven-plex.

DJM78
DJM78 on January 24, 2017 at 1:16 am

When I worked at the Fortway the Alpine was our “sister” theater. It’s pretty cool that the place is still opened. However I’m still a little bitter that the Fortway closed. In my opinion it was the much nicer theater. Also I’m not sure how continual the operation of the Alpine has been. When Cineplex Odeon took over from Golden there was a renovation. Was the Alpine opened during that renovation?

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on September 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm

Hello-

i find it fascinating that this theater has been in continual operation since it opened making it the oldest movie theater in NYC. if it hadn’t closed the Fall of 2012 or 2013 the Coliseum in upper Manhattan would be the winner. it opened the in 1920.

theatrefan
theatrefan on September 7, 2016 at 12:13 am

Yes by all accounts it is. It went from Loews Theatres to Golden Theatres to Cineplex Odeon to Loews Cineplex to AMC Entertainment and since May 2006 it has been under independent ownership.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 12, 2016 at 8:56 pm

Hello-

is this theater the oldest continually in operation movie theater in New York City?

robboehm
robboehm on April 11, 2015 at 9:02 pm

Another view of the marquee as a multiplex uploaded.

techman707
techman707 on August 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Twinned in 1976: Boxoffice

Turned into 7 plex 1986: Me -L0L

techman707
techman707 on March 11, 2012 at 4:43 am

If you came to the Alpine often, there’s a good chance we bumped into each other.-LOL

If you look at the entire city, there aren’t many theatres left and the ones that are left are mostly LARGE multiplexs. There’s a group on Facebook “trying” to save the old RKO Keith’s in Flushing from being turned into an apartment building. While the entire building was given landmark status in the 80’s after it closed, it was recinded and only the lobby now retains landmark status. However, the first owner wrecked the landmarked lobby before they stopped him. Now, after sitting all these years, the inside of this REAL movie palace is in ruins. To “restore” it to its original condition would be a job that makes me shudder.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I stopped coming because I moved out of Brooklyn in 1996, but I wonder if I ever bumped into you in the lobby! (And since they played commercial fare available everywhere else, there was no point in coming back to Bay Ridge just to see a mainstream release.)

techman707
techman707 on March 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm

saps- I did the design and installation of the Alpine when it was converted to 7 theatres in 1986 and was my last theatre installation. I also worked there as a projectionist until 1997. Within a couple of years (or less), ALL THEATRES will have to convert to digital projection. Because it’s so expensive, independent theatres, like the Alpine, might wind up having to close. The way things have been going with home theatres, DVD and Blu-ray release dates, etc., sadly, I don’t see a very bright future for theatres in general. I think the film companies might see that they shot themselves in the foot with all their current policies. While they helped the big theatre chains with digital conversions, the independents didn’t fare so well.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I used to come here all the time when it was a Cineplex Odeon, but haven’t been back since it became an independant. I’m glad it’s still open.

techman707
techman707 on January 10, 2012 at 5:21 am

Popeye used to say “I ams what I am and that’s all thats I am….I’m Popeye the Sailor Man”-toot toot.

techman707
techman707 on January 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm

“AlAlvarez on January 8, 2012 at 1:59pm

I am."

LOL- Al, when I saw this post it made me think about “The Ten Commandments” when Charlton Heston is on the mountain and he says “Who should I tell them sent me?” And you hear a voice that says “I am that I am….you can tell them I AM sent you.”

techman707
techman707 on January 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Al, To be honest, I really never noticed or even thought about “who” comprised the customers at the Alpine. If there was any trouble at the Alpine, I was TOTALLY unaware of it. Since I would regularly speak to some of the security people (who as you know were all off duty cops), they never mentioned any problems downstairs. I’m really surprised and saddened to hear that any Alpine employees had any problems with the local police. I would have thought that if any employees had any problems with local police, the security cops could straighten it out for them (of course it depends on the type of problem). Unlike other theatres where local police would “hide out” in the balcony in cold weather, I never saw any local police even come into the Alpine. I just assumed that with all the off duty cops that were hired as “security”, there was never any reason for local police to be around.

As you know, I stopped working at the Alpine in 1996, so I wouldn’t have been aware of anything that might have taken place after that time and would have been unaware of anything that took place at the Fortway after I stopped doing service for GTM in 1988. However, from your description, it doesn’t sound good and I’m sorry to hear about it. It’s something that I really wish I didn’t hear about.

In any event, have a HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I am.

They only harassed people on the Bay Ridge side of the Gowanus. Didn’t you ever wonder why Spike Lee movies played to all white audiences at the Alpine? Or why horror and big action movies always did better at the Fortway even if they were move-overs from the Alpine?

DJM78
DJM78 on January 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm

AlAlvarez-Hello Sir. Would you be the same AlAlvarez who was a district manager for Cineplex Odeon? I grew up in Bay Ridge and worked in the Fortway. THe “Bay Ridge Police” you refer to are the officers of the 68 Pct. The 68 Pct covers both the Alpine and former Fortway. The two theaters are roughly ten blocks apart. I don’t see why the “Bay Ridge Police” would intimidate a group in one place and not intimidate that same group ten blocks away at a similar venue.