Century's Alan Theatre

1614 Hillside Avenue,
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

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Century's Alan Theatre

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The Alan Theatre was operating prior to 1950. It was mostly named for the chain owner’s first name. It had a small balcony and showed showcase-level films.

Like most Century Theaters houses, it closed in the late-1970’s or early-1980’s and was converted to retail use.

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 5, 2006 at 3:58 am

Hey Ligg… Not sure if I read your 2nd paragraph above correctly, but just wanted to clarify that the neighborhood theater in Fresh Meadows you’re talking about was never a twin. The Mayfair Theater was always a single screen, to the best of my knowledge, right through its dying days as a porn house and re-birth as the Bombay. I lived near the theater for many years and posted some photos that I took last year (plus an exterior shot from the early ‘90’s) on its CT page.

Another note, the Mayfair had gone porn long before any multiplexes had opened in the area. I think it just eventually succombed to competition from television and the larger Century’s Meadows Theater on Horace Harding Expressway (which opened in the 1940’s). The Meadows didn’t go twin until the Mayfair was already running XXX. It was gutted and turned 7 screen multiplex around 1989 – probably due to competition from the Cinema City 5 screen theater that had opened a few years earlier from converted retail space on the other side of the LIE.

Zach2973
Zach2973 on April 12, 2007 at 7:23 pm

Hey Ligg – why are you allowing the funny named guy Surendra Gupta to advertise his business on this site – it seems that he should consider some ad-space ? The 1614 Hillside was a great place – but its a dump now !

Ligg
Ligg on April 13, 2007 at 9:32 am

I am not responsible for the post on here. That guy came and advertised without my knowledge. I have to much going with my own life to complain to the webmaster here. If you feel his post is inappropriate, then you need to go to Cinema Treasures and tell them to delete it.

robboehm
robboehm on February 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm

It always seemed to me that the Alan and Franklin had the same design albeit different facades. The Alan had no flashy marquee. The first time I went there I missed it. In later years they added a big signboard attached to the front of the theatre.

Anybody remember when they went single feature for a bit?

RandyHintz
RandyHintz on March 3, 2010 at 10:21 am

I worked in the Alan in the early 80’s, lots of great memories there. I remember when Valley Girls and Popeye played there. The manager at the time was Fred. He had that small office on the left side as you entered the theater. Sad to hear that there are no remnants of the theater left.

RobertR
RobertR on April 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm

A pic of this as a theatre has not turned up yet?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Both the street view and the map for this theater are way off. The theater was (and building still is) just east of New Hyde Park Rd on Hillside Avenue. The zip code should be corrected to 11040 (not 11004) and the street view re-set so it may be corrected.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Agree with TInseltoes. And the street view and map location are still way off, despite the corrected zip code. The photo I uploaded clearly shows the address of the theater was/is 1614 Hillside Avenue. Not sure what else is needed to get the map corrected. In the meanwhile, please re-set the street view so it might be updated for a proper view.

jwood
jwood on December 24, 2013 at 8:33 am

Growing up in North New Hyde Park in the fifties and sixties, I went to the Alan Theater many times. Generally we took our bikes to their Saturday matinees. Cowboy movies, comedies, science fiction. I definitely remember seeing “This Island Earth” there. Losing community theaters such as this one has made our society all the poorer for it.

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SEIPDwcC2utcjydULYa9 on July 25, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Thought of this theater, googled it and found myself here.

This was the theater I saw Star Wars in, back in ‘78 I think they re-released it a year later (this was pre-VCR days for the most part). A few years later I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark there.

I tried googling about it more and couldn’t find any old photos when it was operating or when it closed exactly, I did find that while it was operating as a Century theater in 1978 (https://books.google.com/books?id=OACAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA78&lpg=PA78&dq=%22century+alan%22+%22new+hyde+park%22&source=bl&ots=r6LZcNfbMS&sig=F6R5wBptmdbEf7w0HV7T_8icEEA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CEQQ6AEwCGoVChMImpHHy-n3xgIVC1uICh0CpQjD#v=onepage&q=%22century%20alan%22%20%22new%20hyde%20park%22&f=false), and it was an RKO theater as early as 191 and as late as 1984 (https://books.google.com/books?id=DOYCAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA70&lpg=PA70&dq=%22rko+alan%22+%22new+hyde+park%22&source=bl&ots=R1XvAo-7_t&sig=sTuyeu43X0CjTcVcoABXIKYUPK0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCoQ6AEwBmoVChMIv96eq-n3xgIVAyqICh3OVgR#v=onepage&q=%22rko%20alan%22%20%22new%20hyde%20park%22&f=false)

I am pretty sure it was replaced by a “Consumers Showroom” outlet in the late 1980’s (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumers_Distributing)

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