Centre Theatre

1070 17th Street,
Los Alamos, NM 87544

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The Centre Theatre was opened April 8, 1948 with Clifton Webb in “Sitting Pretty”. Located in the heart of downtown of this small city, it was one of the few things for a kid to do. The other big attraction was the bowling alley which was right next door.

Contributed by Mitch Case

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Los Alamos and the Pajarito Plateau, by Sharon Snyder and Toni Michnovicz Gibson, reveals that the Centre Theatre opened in 1948 with the Clifton Webb comedy Sitting Pretty.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 31, 2018 at 5:47 pm

An October 31, 1973 article in the Los Alamos Monitor said that the Centre Theatre opened on April 8, 1948. The Centre was advertised in the January 2, 1977 issue of The Santa Fe New Mexican.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 1, 2018 at 10:39 am

Looking north in the current Google street view we can see the back end of the former Hill Theatre on Central Avenue. The Centre Theatre was actually north of the Hill Theatre. The part of 17th Street on which it was situated has been realigned and is now signed as Central Park Square.

It has also been given non-standard addresses that don’t match up with addresses on other streets in Los Alamos. As near as I can tell, the Centre Theatre was probably somewhere within a few hundred feet of what a Google street view now displays as 203 Central Park Square.

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