Century's Prospect Theatre

41-10 Main Street,
Flushing, NY 11355

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Previously operated by: Century Circuit Inc., Loew's Inc.

Architects: John J. McNamara, R. Thomas Short

Previous Names: Loew's Prospect Theatre

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Century's Prospect Theatre

Located in the Flushing section of Queens. The Loew’s Prospect Theatre was a large single screen that opened in 1928 with 2,400-seats. It was designed by architect R. Thomas Short. It was equipped with an Austin 3 manual organ. It was extensively remodeled by Century Circuit Inc. in 1954, to the plans of architect John J. McNamara. It was twinned around 1974 and the downstairs screen was later split into two screen making it into three screens sometime in the late-1970’s. It was closed on September 11, 1986 screening Jeff Goldblum in “The Fly”, Johnathan Crombie in “Bullies” & Mike Norris in “Born American”. It was demolished in late-1986.

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

Contributed by RobertR

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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.

bobster1985 on April 8, 2019 at 1:57 am

Yes, the building was torn down when the Prospect closed in late 1986.

robboehm on April 8, 2019 at 11:57 am

At some point in the 80s RKO Century Warner was formed putting the Prospect and the Keiths under the same management (I won’t say ownership because I haven’t a clue what the case was for each theater).

CenturyBill on May 6, 2023 at 1:36 pm

I was Mr Decatsky’s assistant manager 1976 through 1977 (Bill Podzamsky). He hired me as an usher at the Century’s Meadows and went with him to the Prospect when I was promoted. Lots of great memories. I remember a projectionist who always drove a marathon checker cab because they were so safe. Fun job that really set me up for success when I went into the Navy.

ridethectrain on October 1, 2023 at 11:16 am

Please Update, theatre closed September 11, 1986 with The Fly, Bullies and Born America

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