December 04, 2005
Alpine Theater to Close?
--Business was better in 1946. ( Click on the photo image to make it larger ) Few cars, no tv. See women and ( tugging ) child waiting for the trolley. And Neilsen's Furniture, which lasted into the 1970'S or later. And katty-korner across the intersection, the " Haddon Hall " sign on the candy store ( which of course is still a candy store. ) --
Say it ain't so.
The NY Daily News reports that the Alpine Theater is for sale for $10 million . The seller has no restrictions on the future use of the building, so the Alpine Theater could soon be no more.
This would come less than a year after the death of the Fortway Theater
Like the Fortway, the Alpine was chopped up into a multiplex years ago, and lost its magic as a theater.
Neighborhood theaters all over America suffered a big wound with cable tv/HBO/VCRs/etc and most have probably suffered a fatal blow with DVDs/Netflix/etc. Ask not whom the bell tolls, theaters of America--it tolls for thee.
Mournful dialogue in Cinema Treasures
See a movie at the Alpine when you can. Maybe I'll see " Walk the Line " again there.