Allen Theatre

36 E. Main Street,
Annville, PA 17003

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Allen Theatre

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Located in the main business district on E. Main Street, the theatre opened as the Hippodrome Theatre and later renamed Astor Theatre when it was expanded.

The Astor Theatre played main stream feature attractions until sometime in the 1970’s when it became an adult house showing X rated movies. This created a stir in the community and a bad name for the theatre. It closed sometime in the 1980’s.

After a three year gutting and renovation by the current owner, the theatre reopened as the Allen Theatre on September 21, 1995. Live events along with movies now play the Allen Theatre. Thee is a fairly good history on their web site.

Contributed by Stephen L. Zinicola, Chuck

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kmarstel
kmarstel on July 10, 2006 at 10:43 am

Skip Hicks and the staff at the Allen Theatre and MJ’s Coffeehouse are a definate class act. It is the best place in Central PA to see a movie (voted so for many years running by Central PA Magazine and numerous other publications) or to meet friends for coffee and a sandwich or to take in some live music or play a game of chess. It offers free WiFi and a warm welcome from Skip and staff every time you visit. If you haven’t made the trip to Annville yet, make it a desitantion this summer!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 18, 2009 at 1:56 am

The Allen Theatre has been rescued twice. The first time was in 1968, when 19-year-old Richard Wolfe and his friend Paul Angstadt rented the vacant Astor, and after some restoration work reopened it on September 6 that year.

Within a couple of years, Wolfe and Angstadt had added the Strand Theatre at Kutztown and the Roxy Theatre at Northampton to their holdings.

They eventually sold the Astor and the Strand in order to concentrate their efforts on the restoration of the Roxy, which Wolfe still operates today. Wolfe also spent some time as director of the Theatre Historical Society of America.

dennisczimmerman
dennisczimmerman on April 19, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Renewing my link. Still is THE BEST theatre in Central Pa. to see a film.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on May 18, 2009 at 6:38 am

Looks the same to me… Nice looking marquee. Glad they moved the electrical service from the front of the building. Wonder who’s idea was that in the first place?

muviebuf
muviebuf on June 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Yes Lost Memory it is the same building with the Trinity name superimposed.

After the Astor quit showing films and closed, the theatre at some point was acquired by a group that sought to present Christian programs and religious themed films. This effort at religious fare did not last very long.

Also at some time in the era between the being Astor and the Allen the theatres was also used briefly for concerts by local rock bands. The concert thing was sporadic and also did not last very long.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm

What a neat little theatre; would love to see inside pictures.Sounds like a top place to catch a flick.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

Cool looking theatre,wonder if they need a Manager?

Marcel
Marcel on April 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

A beautiful theatre inside and out. Glad to see it’s still open. Went to the movies here alot when I lived in the area in the early 2000’s. Nice area too…near Hershey and lot’s of antiquing. Cant ever imagine it being an x rated theater…a very nice community.

sapperssgkelley
sapperssgkelley on July 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm

I’m in the National Guard and frequent nearby Ft Indiantown Gap often. I never miss the chance to have a sandwich and take in a movie while I’m close. I love the place. I saw “The King’s Speech” there a while back. They had a local musician playing while you waited for the movie, a short about Hershey from the 1950’s was played first and then the main attraction. Both the short and the feature were introduced by a gentleman who came up on the stage and discussed each film. I will never forget the experience!

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