I’ve always been fascinated with this little strip of industrial structures, mostly built, I believe in the early 1920’s, replacing residential buildings. They were primarily created to deal trucks and distribute films. The Film row is especially interesting. These places would receive shipments of movie reels from the motion picture companies and distribute them to local theaters and many other picture houses in upstate New York. In addition to the new releases, they would maintain a stock of cartoons and short features that they would try to market to theaters. They were a treasure trove of lobby cards, stand-up displays, and movie posters, a bunch of which were discovered by lucky renovators a few decades ago.
Research on tenants is preliminary and subject to addition and revision. All photos taken July 18, 2014.
962 Broadway. 1953 National Theatre Supply 1959 National Theatre Supply 1973 vacant 1979 Tivoli Supply 2014 CJC Workstation Consultants LLC
966 Broadway. 1919-1936 James Ackroyd & Sons Roofing 1953 American District Steam Co., Buffalo Forge Co., Line Material Co., Penn Ventilator Co., Robert B. Taylor 1959-1974 James Ackroyd & Sons Roofing 1979 R.B Taylor, R.K. Chase 2014 R.K. Chase Co. Inc, Ackroyd Metal Fabricators Inc.
1024 Broadway. 1929 1010 William P. Pabst 1936 Joseph B. Lambert trucking, Smith & Howell film transportation 1953-1959 Ken Smith’s Machinery Co. Inc. 1973-1979 All-Lifts, Inc. 2014 boarded up (sign partial CHIR…)
1028 Broadway. 1929  Larrabee-Deyo Motor Truck Co Inc 1936  Autocar Sales & Service 1953  John R. Tinklepaugh Inc, machinery distrs 1959 Chamberlin Co. of America Inc. waterproofing 1973-1979 Capitol Bakery, R&S Bakery 2014 Broadway Cabinetry
1031 Broadway. 1924 Industrial Bldg: Hunt-Helm-Ferris & Co. (barn equipment), Mohawk Brush Company, Ramsey Chain Company, Inc. 1929 Industrial Bldg: The Engineering Service Corp. (mechanical engineers), Hunt-Helm-Ferris & Co (barn equipment), Mohawk Brush Company 1936 Albany Industrial Building: J deBeer & Son baseball mfr, Mohawk Brush Co, Starline Inc. barn equipment 1953 Industrial building: J de Beer & Son baseball, Mohawk Brush Co. 1959-1974 Argus-Greenwood Inc. printers 1979 Argus Press 2010 endangered historic resources list 2014 empty
1032 Broadway. 1916 Jacob deBeer relocates his baseball factory moves from Johnstown to here. His son Frederick joins him in the business. 1919 Clide Automobile Co. 1924 National Biscuit Company garage, Albany Coca-Cola Bottling Works 1929 Albany Coca-Cola Bottling Works 1936 vacant 1953 Albany Hi-Grade Steel Corp, Albany Machine Tool Works Inc, Albany Metal Forming Works Inc. 1959 Albany Machine Tool Works Inc, Albany Metal Forming Works Inc. 1960-2007? Empire Industrial Fabricators 1972-? Goodman-Thomson Corporation 1973-4 Empire Welding & Boiler Repair Co. 2008-2009 Arcadia Manufacturing, parts fabrication for government work, filed chapter 11 2011
1040 Broadway. 1919 Patrick W. Mulderry storehouse 1929-1936 Albany Card & Paper Mfg. Co. (photo mounts) 1953 National Biscuit Co. 1959 Antico Marine Inc., boats 1973-2014 Specialty Box & Packaging Co Inc.
1044 Broadway. 1929 Tiffany Stahl Productions, First Graphic Exchange Inc. 1936 Paramount Pictures Distributing Corp. 1949 National Screen Service (posters & accessories exchange) 1953 National Screen Service, Farley & Co. real estate, Car-O-Len Theatres, Perlmutter Theatre Buying & Booking Service, Inc., RED Inc. real estate, Shaker Heights Development Inc, Hudson Valley Credit Corp., Strand Yonkers realty 1959-1979 Int’l Union of Operating Engineers Local 16 2014 V.F.W. State Headquarters
1050 Broadway. 1929-1959 Columbia Pictures Corporation, Educational Film Exchange 1973 Clyde W. Lower, Inc. coin amusements, Gary’s Automatic Phonos, Inc. 1979 Money Off (used office furniture)
1054 Broadway. 1929-1953 Universal Film Exchange Inc. 1959 vacant 1973 Seeburg Industrial Commercial Music, Muzak Corporation, Davis Distributing Corporation 1974 Davis Distributing Company 1979 vacant 2014 Metal Supermarkets1056 Broadway 1973 WFLY Radio
1058-1060 Broadway. 1058 Broadway. 1929 Warner Brothers Pictures Inc. 1936 Warner Brothers Pictures Inc., Vitagraph Inc 1953 Warner Brothers Pictures Inc. 1959 WB Pictures Distributing Corp. 1973-4 Commodore Electric Co., Inc. 1979 Margold Silk Screen Designs, Inc. 2014 CMC Kuhnke 1060 Broadway. 1929-1936 Metro Goldwyn Mayer Distributing Corp. 1953-1959 Loew’s Inc. 2014 CMC Kuhnke
1074 Broadway. 1929-1959 Mack International Motor Truck Corp. 1979 vacant 2014 Fastenal (industrial & construction supplies)
1240 Broadway. 1924-9 The White Company (trucks) 1936 Keeshin Motor Express Lines Inc., Larkin Equipment Co., Seaboard Freight Lines Inc. 1953-9 Nehi Beverages Inc., Par-T-Pak Beverages, Royal Crown Cola Beverages 1973-9 Nehi Beverages, Inc. 2014 boarded up
1254 Broadway. 1929-2014 Surpass Chemical Co Inc.
1268 Broadway. 1929-1979 J. Becker & Sons, truck bodies 2014 Skyway Roofing, Inc.
1275 Broadway. From the 1920’s to about 1945 this was the manufacturing plant of the American Paper Works (APW) Company. Around 1939 the space was subdivided and part was rented out to Albany Linoleum & Carpet Company. The carpet company moved to Northern Blvd in 1945, and by then APW was gone. A year later, in moved the NYS Department of Labor unemployment office. In 1947 Montgomery Ward signed a 15 year lease and opened a warehouse at 1275, sharing space with the State unemployment office. When the State’s lease expired in 1951, they refused to leave, citing a citywide crunch on government office space. Ward’s sued to have them evicted. By 1963 Ward’s had outgrown their space and built a new warehouse along the river in Menands. 1275 Broadway was leased by law-book publisher Matthew Bender Company (moving there from Orange Street). Bender remained at this address until around 1979. Since then, it’s been Tipro, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast NY, and Reed Construction Data.