Albany Theatre

3317 W. Montrose Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60618

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This small, narrow nickelodeon opened by September 1914 on W. Montrose Avenue near N. Christiana Avenue for the Alfred Hamburger chain. By 1922 it was called the New Albany Theatre, and was open until at least 1929. In 1930 it was closed for remodling and it reopened mid-December 1931 as the New Montrose Theatre. It had closed by 1933.

Much later, the Albany Theatre saw a rebirth of sorts, as it was by the 1960’s a film studio. Until recently, the building housed an import/wholesale shop, but is now vacant.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, BWChicago

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Adoresixtyfour
Adoresixtyfour on June 4, 2007 at 7:35 am

I live just a few blocks from there and recently too photos of it. The import/wholesale shop appears to be closed; the building looks vacant. Hope that doesn’t mean another teardown is imminent.

Khnemu
Khnemu on July 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm

The theater was open by September 1914, when it’s briefly mentioned in the Moving Picture World as being owned and operated by A.T. Chado, seating 300, charging five cents for a program of four reels, and using Universal service.

Khnemu
Khnemu on July 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

The 1926 and 1929 Film Daily Yearbooks list this theater as the Albany, seating 299.

Khnemu
Khnemu on March 21, 2018 at 4:22 pm

From the Motion Picture Herald dated November 28, 1931:

“Remodeling of the New Albany theater is underway, and D. Stoner plans to reopen it about the middle of December, under the name of the New Montrose.”

The New Albany appears closed in the 1930 and 1931 Film Daily Yearbooks, then shows up in the 1932 edition as the New Montrose, then in 1933’s Film Daily Yearbook, it shows up again as the New Montrose, but closed. It is no longer listed at all by the 1934 edition.

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