Alpine Theatre

208 Dyckman Street,
New York, NY 10040

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The Alpine was a small, subsequent-run cinema that opened in 1935 in the Inwood section of Manhattan’s Upper West Side (near Broadway and 207th Street). In the 1980s, after an inevitable descent into XXX fare, it was replaced by a McDonald’s restaurant.

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Lissy
Lissy on February 14, 2005 at 1:38 pm

I remember this theatre very well…Most of my family members worked there throughout the 70’s and 80’s. My father managed the evenings late 70’s-early 80’s. I remember the last time I set foot in there before they started the McDonald’s construction; they were filming a scene of a movie the early 80’s rapper’s “Fat Boys” were filming.
I miss it.

RobertR
RobertR on June 9, 2005 at 8:40 am

In 1972 MGM began releasing many of it’s family classics for Sat & Sun matinee shows. I just came across the ad for “The Yearling” from February of that year. WOW, what a massive print run. I remember seeing some of these at the time and can’t recall if they struck new prints or not. They might have struck new prints and shifted them regionally because the bottom of the ad says next week The Yearling will be playing in New Jersey and Rockland. Here is the Manhattan lineup…..The Alpine, Beacon, Essex, Juliet 1 and Roosevelt. In Brooklyn…..Avalon, Avenue U, Biltmore, Canarsie, Delux, Graham, Cameo, Nostrand, Pennway, Sanders and the Trump. In Staten Island….Paramount. In the Bronx…..Allerton, Earl, Kent, Luxor, Palace, Wakefield. In Queens……Parsons, Quartet, Forest Hills, Fair, Laurelton, Little Neck, Arion and Casino. In Nassau…Grand Avenue, Bellmore, Criterion, Levittown, Merrick, North Massapequa, Oceanside, Oyster Bay, Old Country, Beacon and Salisbury. You sure did not have to travel far to catch this show :)

RobertR
RobertR on July 10, 2005 at 10:08 am

Here is another MGM family matinee
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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 2, 2005 at 5:00 am

A few weeks ago, I was traveling south on Broadway in this vicinity and passed a building up on the northwest corner of 204th Street that looked like it might have been a theater at one time. That would be about 3 blocks north of this theater. Does anybody know if there was a theater around Broadway and 204th at any time?

adhoc2006
adhoc2006 on February 21, 2006 at 10:49 am

It was a school, P.S. 52, I attended it in 1958. It’s opposite Cumming St. and Broadway.

RobertR
RobertR on August 30, 2006 at 4:10 pm

Here is the ad for the Yearling that I mentioned above
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Telephone number in 1960 was LOrain 7-3587.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 31, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Is the Dyckman theatre (552 West 207th Street) listed on CT? I can’t seem to find it.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm

The movie palaces of Washington Heights and Inwood.

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GaryZ7
GaryZ7 on May 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I’ll never forget seeing the huge billboard ad, at the southeast corner of Dyckman Street and Broadway, for HERCULES starring Steve Reeves, just a stone’s throw west of the Alpine Theater. I lived further south in those days (1959), so my usual movie theaters were the Loews 175th, the RKO Coliseum, and the Empress, but in later years I sometimes went to the Alpine because a particular film was being screened there (e.g., THE SAND PEBBLES in 1966, or LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, which was the last film I saw at the Alpine, in 1971). It was one of the smaller theaters on the Heights, but that was an area with very few movie theaters after 1960 or so.

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