Albany Cinema

1115 Solano Avenue,
Albany, CA 94706

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Albany Theatre

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Built in the 1920’s as a meeting hall/ dance hall, it was converted into a movie theatre in 1935. An unsung yet reliable theater showing often offbeat films; originally a single-screen, the balcony was converted to a second theater in the early-1970’s.

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gsmurph
gsmurph on November 10, 2005 at 7:52 am

Whoever last updated this appears to have set it with Landscape rather than Portrait!!!!!

gsmurph
gsmurph on December 31, 2005 at 10:26 am

Nice touch of history from the Landmark website recommended by Lost Memory, but the site got one thing wrong—-the Albany was plexed at least five years prior to 1979 (I saw “Young Frankenstein” there in late 1974—-in the upstairs theater; meaning the theater was plexed no later than earlier that year).

gsmurph
gsmurph on December 31, 2005 at 10:27 am

And something STILL must be done about that Landscape setting!!!!!

William
William on April 20, 2006 at 9:50 am

When the theatre was a single screen house it seated 650 people.

terrywade
terrywade on August 10, 2007 at 9:24 am

This theatre needs a major remodel job. Landmark won’t spend a dime on it. Needs curtains fixed and working. The stereo sound needs a upgrade, the surrounds are never on. The little art deco lights on the side are dirty and dusty. The out side is the wrong color. The only good thing is the lobby. I have never been upstairs in the twin. Landmark runs the California also, I think they just lease both theatres and won’t spend any money on them. The people of the east bay need better art theatres.

stevenj
stevenj on October 5, 2007 at 7:56 am

Wonder if that noisy heater that hangs from the ceiling in the front right corner of the downstairs auditorium has been replaced or quieted down. The last time I saw a movie there it kept cycling on and off every 10 minutes or so and really disrupted the sound track. Haven’t been back since.

darquil
darquil on January 31, 2010 at 12:26 am

When the Albany was showing Atonement in 2008, the marquee read:

Keira Knightley's
Atonement
For Domino

What a great joke. Does anyone have a picture of that?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Now Showing at the Cinema, May 3 1975, “THE BLACK GODFATHER” and a X rated late show called “THE MANICURIST"
October 15 1973 and i know its out of order,but "SANTEE” with Glenn Ford is playing.

Jan 2 1977 and these classics are burning the screen up, “FISTFUL OF HELL” and “KUNG FU MASTER”.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on December 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm

A 2012 photo can be seen here.

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