Allyn Theater

207 Asylum Street,
Hartford, CT 06103

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Allyn Theater, Hartford, CT in 1928

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The Allyn Theater opened on April 18, 1927 and was located on Asylum Street, next to the E.M. Loew’s Theater. Like the Loew’s Theater, it became a victim of the wrecking ball to make way for the Hartford Civic Center during 1969. It was a very well maintained first-run movie house.

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Patsy on September 30, 2005 at 5:48 am

Any photos anyone?

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on September 30, 2005 at 3:41 pm

The Allyn closed in October 1969. The organ is now installed at Shelton high School in Shelton, Conn. This organ’s history can be viewed at

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 23, 2007 at 2:48 pm

In the “Images of America” book Hartford, Volume II, on page 52 appears a 1960 photo of the theatre. On the marquee is the Walt Disney program, The Jungle Cat and The Hound that Thought He Was a Raccoon. We can also see the marquee of the E.M. Loew’s up the street. Hard to read what was there. On the same page there is a sad October 1970 photo of the Allyn being demolished to make way for the construction of the Hartford Civic Center. The E.M. Loew’s would also be razed for that civic project.

randini on September 19, 2007 at 5:39 pm

I was a student at Trinity College 1966-1970 and regularly attended the Allyn and E.M.Loew’s as well as the music store across Asylum Street from them. Also the Strand on Main Street across from G. Fox. Alas, missed the Poli and Loews Palace. Remember a packed house for a triple-bill of the Dave Friedman/Herschel Gordon Lewis “blood trilogy”: “Color Me Blood Red”, “Blood Feast”, and “2000 Maniacs”.Allyn much better designed and operated than Loew’s. (The latter’s projectionist attempted to run “Point Blank” with the scope lens stretching the image vertically rather than horizontally!).

kencmcintyre on December 13, 2008 at 7:07 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, February 1955:

The U.S. Naval Air Reserve Station in Hartford, Conn., aided manager Ray McNamara during the premiere of “The Bridges at Toko-Ri” at the Allyn Theater by providing a helicopter to fly a banner spelling “Bridges” from the theater to a downtown destination point. Newspaper photographers were on hand to record the unique publicity stunt.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 17, 2009 at 9:47 am

Here’s an ad from January 5, 1933 for the Publix-operated Allyn Theatre and a melodrama that turned out to be the only movie that Clark Gable and Carole Lombard ever made together: View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 17, 2009 at 10:52 am

Here’s an exterior photo dated July 1986, which doesn’t jibe with demolition date cited in the CT introduction:
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rhmc430 on November 13, 2009 at 10:36 am

The Allyn Theater was operated by New England Theaters, Inc. of Boston when I worked there from 1953 thru 1960. The Manager was Ray McNamara, a great boss, while I worked there. The theater featured Paramount Pictures as the feature film and many Republic Pictures, or Allied Artists Pictures as co-features. In 1956, when Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” was released a record was set when the movie was held over for nearly 26 weeks. A picture referred to by a member that showed a date of 1986 was actually taken in 1969 shortly before the theater was demolished. I know this for a fact because I was there when it was taken.
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Tinseltoes on August 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Pictured in this 1928 trade ad: archive

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