Alpine Cinema

6817 5th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 11, 2017 at 11:13 pm

Massive screens, lol

thehorror13 on November 11, 2017 at 10:43 pm

The Alpine Theatre in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, was originally a Loew’s theatre and first opened on June 6, 1921. Carlson & Wiseman were the architects.

At the time, the Alpine Theatre was the first Loew’s theatre anywhere with its entire seating capacity (2,200) on one floor, without a balcony or gallery.

The tapered auditorium was 100 feet at its widest, with the last of the 55 rows of seats about 76 feet from the screen. The stage had no fly gallery or grid-iron, but had an apron just large enough to accommodate a vocalist or musical instrumentalist between film showings.

Variety described the Alpine Theatre’s interior as “decorated in a tan and gold color scheme, the general atmosphere created being one of brightness. The side walls are paneled and painted in an imitation of tapestry. The floors are carpeted with red velvet. A good system of floor pitch gives a clear view of the screen from any part of the house.”

Alpine Cinemas eight theaters make current movies come alive as massive screens merge with Dolby Digital sound to keep each crowd of 200 or more immersed in the action.

The signature theater injects even more realism with roomy stadium seats and 3-D capabilities that add an extra dimension without having to bring a 20-foot friend to act out the movie.

Before shows, guests can stock up on refreshments at the snack bar equipped with savory popcorn and bubbly soda.


Screen #1 Capacity: 235 ( 5 HC ) seats Projection: DIGITAL / REAL D 3D Sound: DIGITAL Info: text

Screen #2 Capacity: 210 ( 5 HC ) seats Projection: DIGITAL / REAL D 3D Sound: DIGITAL

Screen #3 Capacity: 114 ( 5 HC ) seats Projection: DIGITAL / REAL D 3D Sound: DIGITAL

Screen #4 Capacity: 111 ( 5 HC ) seats Projection: DIGITAL / REAL D 3D Sound: DIGITAL

Screen #5 Capacity: 111 ( 5 HC ) seats Projection: DIGITAL / REAL D 3D Sound: DIGITAL

Screen #6 Capacity: 118 ( 5 HC ) seats Projection: DIGITAL / REAL D 3D Sound: DIGITAL

Screen #7 Capacity: 117 ( 5 HC ) seats Projection: DIGITAL / REAL D 3D Sound: DIGITAL

Screen #8 Capacity: 165 ( 5 HC ) seats (ALL NEW STADIUM SEATING) Projection: DIGITAL / REAL D 3D : DIGITAL

Accessibility All screens are wheelchair accessible. Listening Devices Listening devices may be provided upon request

thehorror13 on July 28, 2017 at 9:41 pm

I saw Valerian in 3D here today. Theater is getting run down. Beginning to feel like the Pavilion. Bathrooms needed cleaning, theater seven’s screen had black marks on it. Was surprised to discover a new theater eight located all the way in the back. It was a new stadium style theater. Not sure when exactly it was added. Information should be changed on this page to note Alpine now has eight screens!! There is a banner up in the lobby showing a “promised” upcoming remodeling of the theater.

theatrefan on February 14, 2017 at 2:52 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.

theatrefan on February 14, 2017 at 9:07 am

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?

theatrefan on February 13, 2017 at 9:02 am

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 on February 12, 2017 at 2:02 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 on February 6, 2017 at 10:45 am

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 on February 6, 2017 at 10:34 am

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 on January 24, 2017 at 8:35 am

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 on January 23, 2017 at 5:16 pm

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 on September 8, 2016 at 1:01 pm


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 on September 6, 2016 at 5:13 pm

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 on August 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm


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

robboehm on April 11, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Another view of the marquee as a multiplex uploaded.

techman707 on August 5, 2012 at 6:18 am

Twinned in 1976: Boxoffice

Turned into 7 plex 1986: Me -L0L

techman707 on March 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm

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 2:56 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 on March 10, 2012 at 2:20 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 8:53 am

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 on January 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

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 on January 9, 2012 at 12:36 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 on January 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

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 10:59 am

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?