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Madison Theatre

2004 Photo from the Roger Katz collection.
1030-36 Madison Ave
Albany NY 12208

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Record #7135  
 Opened: May 29, 1929
Capacity: 300 seats
Architect(s): Thomas W Lamb
Architectural Style(s):
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Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Madison
 Previously operated by: Stanley Warner Theatres, Entertainment Cinemas

The theatre was opened in 1929 as the Madison Theatre, the theater was part of the Stanley Warner chain until 1975 when it closed. It was taken over by new owners in 1994, renamed the Norma Jean Madison Theater, and split into five auditoriums, they later added two more screens.

The Norma Jean Madison, one of Albany's oldest movie houses, finally closed in December 2001 after failing to pay its creditors. The Norma Jean owed its distributors and vendors tens of thousands of dollars. One of those groups, Boston Concessions Group of Cambridge, Massachusetts, then took over the theatre in 2002 and reopened it showing "The Time Machine," an adaptation of H.G. Wells classic story, which was filmed partially in Albany, N.Y.

However it abruptly closed in 2003. Creditors came and kicked all the patrons out and closed the theatre on a busy Friday evening. The cinema reopened on 5/20/2005 showing "Star Wars, Episode III" on all the theatre's screens.

The Madison closed for renovations on September 8, 2013. Two of its seven screens were repurposed into a retail space, three of the theaters are currently being converted into a concert/lecture hall, and two were upgraded for film presentations. The theatre reopened on January 17, 2014 showing classic movies on its two remaining screens until it closed in 2017.

Cosmic Cinemas announced the theatre would reopen in 2018 under their ownership, but it never did. It finally reopened as an independently owned cinema in December 2019.

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June 2004 photos from the Scott Neff collection.

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January 2004 photos from the Roger Katz collection.

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Last featured 7/24/2005. Last edited 4/4/2021.

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