3rd Street Theatre

1573 3rd Street,
Rensselaer, NY 12144

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robboehm
robboehm on March 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Back in the day people would come at their convenience and leave when the part they came in on came around. You could never do that now. I remember the cashier at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC telling me that one woman came during her lunch break and stayed for 20 minutes. The next day she came 20 minutes later, etc. The cashier said that after the second day she never charged her again. What a way to see a movie.

When it was built this theatre probably cost less than $35,000. Now it’s going to cost ten times that much to bring it back to life.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 3, 2011 at 9:12 am

Back in those days in the seventies,we never asked anyone to leave.95% did,but if you wanted to watch it again at ABC and Plitt we never said a word,When I moved to GCC the intermission Breaks were usually longer than ABC/Plitt that just about everyone left.But even then I can’t recall asking a moviegoer to Move on.I really don’t know what they would do today if you decided to watch it again. Any Answers?

TheNewtonTheatre
TheNewtonTheatre on March 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I saw so many movies at the Uptown when I was growing up in the early 70’s…
I saw Dirty Harry, Rollerball (which my brother and I watched twice, we hid under the seats during changeover), The Thing/The Blob…

I also went later when it was the 3rd St. Theatre, they were doing Art/Independent films then.

NickyG
NickyG on July 17, 2007 at 9:00 am

This was open until at least 1986 when I moved to Albany…Atmospheric to say the least but a neat arty companion to Spectrum…Saw the wild In the Realm of the Senses there…

joemasher
joemasher on February 14, 2004 at 2:38 am

This theatre opened as the UPTOWN, and was so named until a group of enterprising individuals reopened it as the 3rd ST. THEATRE in the late 1970’s. The Uptown (which still has “U” symbols on the right and left side of the marquee) originally had no lobby or concession stand. Once you bought your tickets from the outside box office, you walked through one of two sets of doors right into the auditorium. When it reopened as the 3rd St, after a renovation (as it had been closed for years before), it had a small lobby which held a small box office and concession stand. The theatre closed again around 1983 or 1984 when the group found it to be competitive with their Spectrum Theatre (Delaware Theatre), which they opened around 1983.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 6, 2004 at 2:41 pm

Seating capacity at the time it closed was 183.