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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Zach2973 on April 13, 2007 at 3:23 am

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 on April 13, 2007 at 5:32 pm

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 on February 19, 2009 at 8:41 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 on March 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

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.

Tinseltoes on March 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm

The introduction’s “It was mostly named for the chain owner’s first name” doesn’t make sense. Did the writer mean, perhaps, that the Alan was named after a member of the owner’s family? The Century circuit was started and long controlled by the Schwartz family. Was there an Alan Schwartz among them?…Also, the introduction should mention that New Hyde Park is on Long Island, to avoid possible confusion with upstate Hyde Park.

RobertR on April 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm

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

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 1, 2011 at 3:49 am

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.

Tinseltoes on July 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm

The geography in the bar at the top of the listing doesn’t make sense. Douglaston-Little Neck isn’t a sub-district of New Hyde Park. The southern border of Douglaston-Little Neck (both in Queens) is Grand Central Parkway, miles from Hillside Avenue.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 2, 2011 at 3:17 am

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 on December 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

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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