St. Albans Theatre

190-01 Linden Boulevard,
St. Albans, NY 11412

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St. Albans Theatre

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This theatre, which now operates as a church, has been listed as existing at 190-01 Central Avenue in Film Daily Year Books. I came upon it because the pastor of the now former Linden Theatre nearby directed me to it. I thought I wouldn’t find it but low and behold on the corner of 19-01 Linden Boulevard, the St. Albans Theatre still survives.

The building hasn’t been a theatre in over 55 years, yet the vertical sign is still on the building! The vertical, however small, covers the second story of the building. Church services in progress prevented me from viewing the interior. The marquee and box-office were removed some time ago.

The building sat 870 people according to records. This was one of many that passed on due to television.

Contributed by Orlando Lopes

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 8, 2006 at 11:57 am

I did some cropping and enlarging of the QC photo and was finally able to find the theatre. The front entrance was apparently on 190th Street, with only a side panel of the marquee facing Linden Boulevard. The program on the marquee seems to be “The Command” (with Guy Madison) and “The Kid From Left Field.” The photo is dated June 21, 1954:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/stalbans5402.jpg

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 11, 2006 at 6:37 pm

Great work, Warren! Thanks a lot. I will get down there for some current shots (and a comparable angle to your photo) this week.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 14, 2006 at 3:24 pm

As promised, I got over to Linden Blvd yesterday mornign with my camera and took the following shots of the former theater:

Corner of Linden and 190th
A closer view of corner entrance and facade
Alternate closer view
190th Street entrance
Linden Blvd gated entrance
Corner display case
190th Street looking towards Linden
Rear view on 190th Street
190th Street facade detail
Long shot from rear
View from the east on Linden Blvd

I didn’t take a photo looking from the west down Linden to approximate the angle in Warren’s photo – only because the foliage on the trees that now line Linden blocked the rooftop sign and facade from that angle. Perhaps I’ll get back there after the leaves fall in Autumn. I did note that the Linden Blvd facades, including that lot and smaller structure with the “tire sale” in the 1954 shot, are more or less as they were when the older shot was taken.

Looks like the theater might have had a true corner entrance, Warren, perhaps with an open passage on either side of that corner column into the outer vetstibule from both Linden or 190th. The one slender display case remains on that corner column facing Linden as seen in the sixth photo down, but you can clearly see where other advertising space was filled in with stucco. You can also clearly see that the building is not in great shape with signs of various patch jobs pretty evident. I’m not sure, but I think the auditorium probably runs parallel to Linden behind the store fronts with the 190th Street facade representing the back wall of the lobby/foyer. That would mean that the ivy-covered structure seen down the alley in the “Rear view on 190th Street” shot would be the auditorium’s left side wall.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 14, 2006 at 4:13 pm

Here are some aerial views from the local.live website:

View to the North
View to the South
View to the East
View to the West

Not sure I’d call it conclusive, but I’d say the auditorium runs parallel to Linden. By the way, that pair of semi-attached houses shown under construction behind the theater in the aerial views are now complete and occupied.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 14, 2006 at 5:00 pm

Nice photos Ed. I think that your assumption is right and the auditorium runs parallel to Linden Blvd. Like many NYC theaters, they built stores or apartments over stores to “hide” the main theater building. This building did not go directly from movie theater to Church. In 1965 this address is listed as the St Albans Plaza Ballroom. In December of 1985, the building was donated by a Robert S. Forman to “The Deliverance-Jesus is Coming Association”. After that, this building went into foreclosure and was sold in October of 1987. I guess that the Maranatha Church purchased the building around that time. The deed doesn’t specifically mention their name.

Dora
Dora on June 19, 2006 at 6:43 pm

I grew up in St. Albans and remember the St. Albans theatre. It was a shiney (like glass) dark blue facade. My sisters saw movies there and later went to concerts there.

Does anyone remember the Velencia on Jamaica Avenue or the RKO theatre on the avenue.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 19, 2006 at 6:58 pm

Both theaters are on this site, Dora…

RKO Alden
Loew’s Valencia

…and fondly remembered by those who attended.

DoraAnn
DoraAnn on July 7, 2007 at 7:07 am

Hi Ed,

Thanks for the information. Do you remember the goldfish pond in the lobby of the Valencia?

Also my sis told me she heard “Gary US Bonds” sing at the St. Albans theater in the 1960’s. Unfortunately, I don’t know this artist, do you remember him?

Dora

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 21, 2007 at 6:16 am

Late response here, Dora… While I do not actually remember Gary US Bonds from his heyday in the early 1960’s (I was born in 1965), I do know of him and recall his comeback in the 1980’s where he enjoyed a pair of well received and fairly popular rock radio hits – thanks in large part to the support of Bruce Springsteen.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 28, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Here’s a new link to a exterior image described above on 6/8/06:
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