Allen Theatre

608 N. New Street,
Allentown, PA 18101

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Previous Names: Nedson Theatre, New Allen Theatre

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1925 photo of theater known as

The Nedson Theatre opened August 14, 1914 with a seating capacity listed at 489. It was located on N. New Street at W. Allen Street. It was renamed New Allen Theatre in 1926. In 1934 it was renamed Allen Theatre. The Allen Theatre closed in 1989 and was demolished in 2000.

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bwmoll3 on July 30, 2013 at 7:13 am

I wrote an article about the Allen Theater on Wikipedia,Pennsylvania%29

TheALAN on March 22, 2015 at 1:35 am

Any pictures anyone? Does anyone know who the architect was or in what style the theater was designed? Please share. Thanks!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 12, 2016 at 5:36 am

According to this 2000 article from The Morning Call, this movie house on New Street opened around 1914-1915 as the Nedson Theatre, and became the New Allen Theatre in 1926, and the Allen Theatre in 1934.

Some confusion might have arisen due the existence of an earlier house called the Allen Theatre, operating in the 1910s, at Second and Hamilton Streets. This earlier Allen Theatre was mentioned in the July 1, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World.

This photo of the Nedson Theatre is dated between 1916 and 1926. The movie advertised on the poster out front might be the 1925 film On Thin Ice.

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