Spectrum 8 Theatres

290 Delaware Avenue,
Albany, NY 12209

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NickyG on December 14, 2015 at 10:15 am

The original owners sold to Landmark Theaters and the theather is now the Landmark though they sort of keep the original Spectrum 8 name. No other changes, still top notch.

gd14lawn on December 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm

You’re right, 699 was the original capacity for the Delaware Theatre.

Jasonlongtonjr on March 23, 2013 at 5:45 am

I enjoyed the delaware theatre as a young boy in the 1970’s with friends and family.

MikeKeegan on September 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I believe it actually seats 990.

gd14lawn on July 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Just saw Peace, Love and Misunderstanding at the Spectrum. As part of the slide show they present before the show they show a slide stating that the theater is now self powering with 216 solar panels installed on the roof.

NickyG on June 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

great place, go all the time…remember seeing “Bound” and during the racy lesbian scenes a couple of hillbillies from East Berne or something snorted and guffawed…most patrons found them quite entertaining…

kencmcintyre on December 29, 2008 at 4:35 pm

This is part of an August 2007 article in the Albany Times-Union:

Aug. 10—Outside the Spectrum 8 movie theater in Albany, the midday sky is a blazing iridescent blue. But lower your gaze just a bit to the northern wall of the theater, and the sky abruptly transforms into an angry red, crowded with dozens of spectral crows. Below are several human silhouettes in various poses, some staring up at a giant, crouching man whose eyes appear to bulge out to his upper lip.

Despite the fact that the scene on the wall evokes a cold, storm-soaked feeling, the Albany artists who go by the names Mr. Prvrt, Dwell and One Unit are still sweating, shielding their faces from the hot sun as they map out their next move.

For the past few weeks, the three street artists have spent nearly every day outside the Spectrum, painting this colossal mural that will cover the entire 30-foot-high-100-foot-long wall, which leads from the rear parking lot to the front of the building on Delaware Avenue.

“It’s more street art,” said Dwell. “It’s shoved down your throat like graffiti should be.”

Plantweed on July 20, 2007 at 8:11 pm

Here are some ad mats from when it was the Cinema Delaware:

ERD on February 9, 2006 at 4:16 pm

This theatre gives the mature audience a chance to see quality films
in the New York State Capitol region.

joemasher on February 14, 2004 at 4:41 am

The Spectrum originally opened in 1940 or 41 as Stanley Warner’s DELAWARE Theatre. Much of the original is still in place; original entrance doors and box office, auditorium ceiling mural (original house is split in two), and lobby deco touches. Great place to see a movie!