Century Opera House
86 Main Street,
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Although movies were initially shown on Friday evenings in the old Village Hall and, subsequently, in Allen’s Hall in the Allen Hotel, the Century Opera House was the first dedicated structure to house movies in Mineola. When it opened on May 9, 1914 it was hailed as being “lavish”. According to legend people would go to the Rushmore Drug Store next door for refreshments while the reels were being changed.
However, the opening of the much larger Mineola Theater spelled the end for the Opera House. Interestingly, although the Mineola Theater was demolished around 1990, the building which housed the Opera House still stands and is being used as retail; a men’s clothing store.
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