Century's Prospect Theatre

41-10 Main Street,
Flushing, NY 11355

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Century's Prospect Theatre

Located in the Flushing section of Queens. The Prospect Theatre was a large single screen that opened in 1928. It was extensively remodeled by Century Theaters in 1954, to the plans of architect John J. McNamara. It got chopped up into three screens sometime in the 1970’s and was closed in 1987.

It was only a few blocks from the RKO Keith’s Theatre.

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LarryH320 on April 5, 2011 at 11:53 am

Seeing Al Jolson, as a kid is imbedded in my memory and when skimming here, I caught the name and dug further.

LarryH320 on April 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

That is cool. Thank you.

techman707 on June 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

The description isn’t quite accurate. I worked as a projectionist at the DeMille Theatre in Manhattan until 1974 when it was closed due to a fire. In the beginning of 1975 I went to work at Century’s Prospect in Flushing. At that time it had recently been TWINNED. I was the projectionist in the downstairs auditorium, which was untouched after the twinning. The theatre had two projection crews, one for upstairs and one for downstairs and ran reels in both theatres. Sometime in 1977 I was asked to switch jobs with one of the projectionists at the RKO Alden in Jamaica (across the street from Loews Valencia) because the Alden was being turned into a quad and the projectionist who worked there was afraid to run platters (he had worked the Alden as a single for 40 years and was 90 years old). About a year after I switched with him they decided to split the Prospect’s downstairs theatre making it a triplex and installed platters in all 3 theatres. Now, there was only one crew for all 3 theatres, requiring the projectionists to run all 3 theatres going up to the original upstairs booth as well as running the 2 downstairs theatres. The climb to the upstairs booth could give a healthy person a heart attack, it was a pretty high climb. John Conway, the 90 year old projectionist I had switched with, having no choice, learned platters and worked at the Prospect, climbing the steps, with no problems until it closed. I believe he was about 99 when it closed.


GlenBarrie on August 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm

The Prospect was my second choice for a theater in Flushing in the sixties, following the RKO Keiths which was a short walk away. The bus hub was closer to the Prospect. I seem to recall stars and clouds, on the ceiling that seemed to move, but it was a smaller theater, and usually the better films played at the RKO. The last movie I recall seeing there was, “No time for Sergeants” with Andy Griffith, I had seen many others there, but I just don’t recall. I left NY in 1969.

heffer on August 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm

The Prospect was always the “fun movie” theater compared to the “blockbuster” mode of the Keith’s. As a young child, I actually won a kid’s fire truck during the occasional Saturday morning cartoons matinee show there. Later on during my teenage years, The Prospect was a cheap night on the town with the boys or a date, along with a meal either both long gone Hurdy Gurdy’s (pizza) or Lenny’s on Roosevelt Ave (hotdogs and beer, they were VERY lenient with age verification).

robboehm on April 25, 2015 at 7:58 am

Photo uploaded of marquee in the twin phase.

paktype on June 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm

I saw the Charles Bronson movie “Ten to Midnight” here in 1983. Wow, was that a violent flick.

Mortonman on June 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm

The Prospect had an Austin three-manual theatre pipe organ in it. It did not have unit chests, so the organ didn’t have much flexibility. The pipework (all on 10" of wind) was sold in the late ‘70s and some of it was incorporated in the instrument currently playing in Chaminade High School, Mineola, NY.

Willburg145 on November 3, 2018 at 6:44 am

Was the auditorium gutted?

robboehm on November 3, 2018 at 7:08 am

Willburg145 according to the lead the building has been demolished.

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