Madison Theatre Hudson

160 Fairview Avenue,
Hudson, NY 12534

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Previously operated by: Cosmic Cinemas

Previous Names: Cinema 3, Cosmic Cinemas - Hudson, Fairview III Cinemas, Fairview 1 & 2

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 518.828.9838
Manager: 518.828.9838

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Originally opened as the single screen Fairview Cinema in 1972 by the Klein family. They also operated the Hudson Studio just north on Route 9 and the Sunset Drive-In (also in Hudson), the HiWay Drive-In in Coxsackie, the Mountain Drive-In in Hunter, and the Jericho Drive-In in Glenmont.

In 1979 a second screen was added to the side of the building (Fairview 1 & 2), then in 1984 a third was added to the front. (Fairview 1-2-3).

Cosmic Cinemas launched the first of seven planned locations on November 19, 2018. The Register-Star noted that the theatre was built inside the gutted 600-seat Fairview 1-2-3, which closed March 19, 2017, after 44 years. Bruce Mitchinson, who had operated the cinema since 1999 selected his final film, “The Last Picture Show" starring Timothy Bottoms. The new Cosmic Cinemas - Hudson retains three screens but seating is reduced to 250, with the largest auditorium holding 121. The other houses seat 85 and 44.

The old Angela’s Pizza next door was connected to the theater space. and prepares an extensive menu, which includes beer, wine, and cocktails.

Cosmic Cinemas went broke in November 2019 and the theater closed once again.

It was taken over by the operators of the Madison Theatre, Albany, NY on December 17, 2021 screening “Spider-Man No Way Home”. It was closed on September 14, 2022.

The theater was reopened by the owners of the Madison in Albany once again on August 18, 2023, as Columbia County’s only dine-in cinema. The Madison Hudson features a large arcade, and plans are in the works to construct an outside Biergarten/Patio for the summer of 2024!

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on November 22, 2019 at 9:41 pm

Cosmic Cinemas has shut down. The owners of the Madison Theatre in Albany will be taking over this location and hope to reopen it in December.

dallasmovietheaters on October 27, 2022 at 1:13 am

The operators of the Madison Theatre in Albany reopened this venue as the Madison Theatre Hudson on December 17, 2021 with “Spider-Man No Way Home” as well as two holiday-themed repertory films with “A Christmas Story” and “Christmas Vacation.” The original relaunch was to have occurred late in 2019 but was delayed with a March 11, 2020 opening announced but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit closing most hardtop theatres in March of 2020, the opening was scrapped. The theater apparently had a soft launch in May of 2020 with to go food service before closing again.

The grand opening in December of 2021 was muted as the theater’s business model was compromised in its inability to secure a liquor license. And despite the reopening, the City of Hudson was indifferent to the venue which featured a restaurant but, apparently, a lounge unable to serve mixed drinks. The operators tried to buoy its operation by offering monthly and annual subscription plans for unlimited movie watching. The theater was unable to secure a liquor license leading to a challenging environment along with few major film releases after the big Summer of 2022.

The Madison Theatre Hudson closed with slow business and - yet - symmetry as the final films were “Beast,” “Bullet Train,” and, in time to both open and close the house, the reissued “Spider-Man: No Way Home (Extended Cut)” on September 14, 2022. Folks who bought the unlimited subscription to the theater were given alternatives. The name should be the Madison Theatre Hudson as the venue could reopen if a liquor license is granted.

The theatre went the name of Fairview III Cinemas for a lengthy period until closing on March 19, 2017. Cosmic Cinemas took on the venue as the Cosmic Cinemas Hudson on November 18, 2018 after a substantial $1 million refresh as a bar/restaurant. That investment was a disappointment with the theater closing a year later on November 24, 2019. So the venue was known as Cosmic Cinemas - Hudson and Fairview III Cinemas. I don’t see any operational period for this venue as the “Hudson Cinemas”. (And you can remove “renovating” from the listing.)

MichaelKilgore on September 12, 2023 at 4:43 am

Same theater, with a delayed/renamed opening?

Boxoffice, Sept. 22, 1969: “HUDSON, N. Y. - A fall opening is planned for the new 360-seat Brandt Theatre now under construction on Fairview Avenue Extension next to the Jamesway Shopping Center.”

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