About the spectrum

Located at 290 Delaware Ave. in Albany, NY, the Spectrum 8 Theatres is a locally owned, independent movie theater that has been in operation since 1983. We are committed to showing films that are provocative, entertaining and thought-provoking.

State of the Art First-Run, Independent, Foreign and Hollywood Films

By showcasing the best first-run independent, foreign and Hollywood films, the Spectrum has differentiated itself from the competition. We offer a state-of-the-art alternative to the mall movie experience. Dolby digital and stereo surround sound enhances enjoyment of our “spectrum” of film offerings.

Off-street parking in either of our two lots means no hassles and no mall traffic. The Spectrum’s Art Deco atmosphere and art gallery featuring the work of local artists make going to the movies a unique experience. Our snack bar offers a delicious selection of baked goods, coffees, teas and popcorn with real butter.

Special Events

Special events featuring conversations with independent filmmakers are a regular part of our programming. We are committed to keeping alive the idea of cinema as a vital art form and are proud to have created what is now considered to be the Capital District’s primary resource for films that were formerly available to Metropolitan residents only.


WINNER OF THE BEST MOVIE THEATRE AWARD in the Albany Times Union, Metroland, and Capital Region Living Magazine!


NEW! Visit our online store to purchase Individual and Senior Movie Passes, 10-Ticket Subscription Cards, and “Snack Bucks” Concessions Vouchers.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Spectrum box office. Tickets may also be purchased online.
Adults: $10.25
Seniors (65 and over): $8.25
Children (13 and under): $7.50
(Please note that children under the age of 5 will be admitted to films rated G or PG only)
Matinees (all shows before 6:00): $8.50
Tuesdays: Discount Night – Adults just $8.50
Wednesdays: Student Night – $8.50 with valid student ID.

3D Presentations
Adults: $13.25
Seniors: $11.25
Children: $10.50
Matinees: $11.50
Tuesdays: $11.50

Subscription cards and Yellow Group Sales Passes may be used for 3D presentations, however there will be a surcharge of $3.00 per ticket.

Please note: Blue and Green Gift Passes may not be redeemed for 3D Presentations.