Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn

445 Albee Square West,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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zoetmb on May 29, 2021 at 6:06 pm

@HowardBHaas: While it’s true that the 70mm Todd-AO format called for a 2.2: 1 aspect ratio, it’s not because of the “surround sound”. It’s because the Todd-AO format was based on the Grandeur 65/70mm format of the 1920’s, which was 2.13:1.

Also remember that when Cinemascope was first released in 1953, it had 4-track mag soundtracks only and the original aspect ratio was 2.55:1. It was reduced to 2.35:1 to also accomodate a mono optical sound track, which the theater owners demanded.

One of the first films to use 2.35 was “Love Me Tender” with Elvis Presley, released in 1956. (To accommodate digital sound and because lab splices were visible on the screen, the entire image was made slightly smaller and the AR became slightly wider at 2.39:1 in later years. In digital, it’s generally 2.4:1.)

Starting in 1986, a few 70mm films WERE released in 2.35 which was accomplished by simply reducing the height. This way, the sides didn’t have to be cropped as they were with most 35mm anamorphic to 70mm spherical blowups. Those films were: Star Trek IV (1986), The Untouchables, Casualties of War and Die Hard 2 (the last two are unconfirmed.) IMO, they should have been doing this all along and it was actually a recommended practice as published in the American Cinematographers Manual, I believe beginning in the 6th edition, published in 1986.

dallasmovietheaters on May 17, 2021 at 7:33 am

It’s difficult to keep all screens operating 7 days a week with so few major releases in the COVID-19 pandemic environment. I’d look for reduced staffs and fewer screens in usage at the Alamo locations until the major releases come later in 2021.

ridethectrain on May 11, 2021 at 8:04 pm

Are they still expanding to 14 screens, only 7 open last Friday. Very disappointed they are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

dallasmovietheaters on May 11, 2021 at 4:25 am

Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn closed March 16, 2020 for the COVID-19 pandemic. Half of the circuit’s locations opened briefly later in the year excluding its Brooklyn theater. Alamo Drafthouse would file for bankruptcy on March 2, 2021. The company re-emerged from bankruptcy a month later after the takeover of the company by Fortress Investment Group,. The Brooklyn location then reopened on May 7, 2021 becoming the second theater in the Circuit to reopen for the circuit that year preceded only by its Springfield, Missouri venue.

davidcoppock on July 27, 2020 at 5:40 am

I haven’t seen a screen showing the time before(wow!!)!!

HowardBHaas on October 8, 2019 at 4:39 am

Also, you may be interested in knowing that ‘scope 70mm aspect ratio traditionally is 2.2 wide rather than usual scope (2.35 or 2.39) to accommodate the surround sound that used to be on the film itself. And, “The Joker” was filmed with digital cameras, not 65mm cameras, or 35mm cameras (for blow up to 70mm).

HowardBHaas on October 7, 2019 at 10:24 pm

All 70mm films are NOT scope! The Joker is flat, as was for example, The Master.

ridethectrain on October 7, 2019 at 9:41 pm

QUESTION Saw Joker in 70MM at the Alamo Drafhouse Downtown Brooklyn. I notice the film was in flat, I thought all 70MM films are widescreen (scope). The sound sounded like 70MM 6 track.

Films like ET or Back To The Future which were FLAT films, did they look like they were FLAT in 70MM or widescreen.

All the 70MM films I saw in the 1980’s and early 1990’s were widescreen.

ridethectrain on August 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Please update description Theatre 7 features 70MM Film presentations

UsherDNA on February 17, 2019 at 10:55 am

Apparently those rumors are going to substantiate! 16 screens total! Wild!

ridethectrain on October 11, 2018 at 2:07 pm

I heard rumors that Century 21 is closing and the Alamo taking over the 3rd floor with 7 more screens

thehorror13 on January 12, 2018 at 6:05 pm

Theater 7 is now equipped to screen 70mm features. So far 70mm films screened were first run DUNKIRK and PHANTOM THREAD. Repertory films screened were John Carpenter’s THE THING. Promised to be screened in 2018 is HOWARD THE DUCK.

thehorror13 on January 12, 2018 at 6:01 pm

This theater is also known as Alamo Drafthouse City Point, which is what the building and mall is called, and where the theater is housed.

moviebuff82 on July 29, 2017 at 6:07 pm

How’s the audio for 35mm? Is it Dolby Digital, Dolby Stereo, DTS, or SDDS?

thehorror13 on July 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Correcting John Fink’s post from January 10, 2017: It is Theater One that shows 35mm films such as Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday. In my opinion, the 35mm prints they screen are pretty decent. Nothing too scratched or faded. Always as great time there, and projectiin is usually a top class affair.

smalldarkcloud on July 9, 2017 at 11:56 am

There is an Alamo Drafthouse sign in one window on the fourth floor. A pedestrian does need to look up, and in, the right place, to see it. I suspect the Alamo’s audience are people who know it exists and where to look for it, and not casual moviegoers (rightly or wrongly).

John Fink
John Fink on January 10, 2017 at 5:24 pm

Theatre 7 is equipped for DCP and 35MM and plays host to Terror Tuesdays and Weird Wednesdays – two signature series imported from Austin that make use of Alamo’s AGFA (American Genre Film Archive).

Print quality varies – sometimes you get a nearly pristine print, other times it can be a struggle to watch something scratched and terribly faded.

theatrefan on January 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm

I think having something like Napoleon Bonaparte’s death mask on display in the bar does make it kind of creepy & ghoulish, Orlando. Also in this day and age, I doubt highly that there will be any type of marquee, possibly a Alamo Drafthouse sign but no traditional marquee, just look at the one in Yonkers.

Orlando on January 9, 2017 at 11:02 am

P.S. There is no Alamo marquee so most downtowners are clueless that a theatre is in the complex and how to get into it.

Orlando on January 9, 2017 at 11:00 am

Total seating capacity for this complex is only 840. Boxes range from 45 the smallest, to 140 the largest. Nice atmosphere, keep quiet polocies, and best popcorn around. The Bar space is hideous and unattractive but I don’t drink so I don’t bother with this space below the cinemas. The RKO Albee lost over 40 years ago has been compromised for retail, apartments and etc. One Albee Square is totally unrecognized, actually there is no square anymore as the street in front of the former RKO has been denuded.

theatrefan on December 18, 2016 at 10:47 am

Sad that there is absolutely no acknowledgment of what movie palace had formerly stood on this site before, the RKO Albee. While an artifact from the original RKO movie palace may be hard to come by nowadays, how about a nicely framed color or black & white photo on display somewhere in the lobby?

That being said, presentation here is top-notch and auditorium #1 is capable of showing 35mm film, all of the rest are standard DCP. The food and drinks they serve here are also quite delicious if that is your sort of thing. I also wonder if the repertory programing they do has affected the BAM Cinematek in any way?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 1, 2016 at 9:24 am

Here’s the direct link to the RKO Albee, now gone almost 40 years.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 31, 2016 at 8:59 am

Mikeoaklandpartk: This new 7-screen theatre is built on the rear of the plot upon which the 3,250-seat RKO Albee Theatre once stood.

Mikeoaklandpark on October 31, 2016 at 8:42 am

Did this replace an old existing theater?

David_Schneider on October 30, 2016 at 11:17 am

“CBS This Morning” did a report about the Alamo chain and the opening of this, the 25th Alamo Drafthouse, including an interview with founder Tim League which aired on October 29, 2016: