We lost a lot of theaters in the Capital District over the past few decades. Several theaters were knocked down to make the Empire State Plaza. Several drive-ins were repurposed for the expansion of urban sprawl. The few regional theaters in the Capital District have been chopped up into multiplexes.
There’s a building on Central Avenue in Albany. It doesn’t look like a theater any more; the building’s last tenant converted it into an automobile oil change shop. Now it sits old and forlorn, a tattered “FOR SALE” sign hammered into the weeded grass adjoining the building’s plain yellow façade.
There are no preservationists from Historic Albany Foundation running to save the structure. Any movie buffs who remember seeing films in that theater are reluctant to recall their favorite movies from that time.
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