High Society Theatre

125 Central Park Square,
Los Alamos, NM 87544

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Architects: Conrad Skinner

Previous Names: Centre Theatre, Teatro Roxy

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High Society Theatre

The 970-seat Centre Theatre was opened April 8, 1948 with Clifton Webb in “Sitting Pretty”. Located in the heart of downtown of this small city, it was one of the few things for a kid to do. The other big attraction was the bowling alley which was right next door. In April 1978 it was renamed Teatro Roxy.

In later years it was tripled to the plans of architect Conrad Skinner and renamed High Society Theatre which closed in 2001.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Los Alamos and the Pajarito Plateau, by Sharon Snyder and Toni Michnovicz Gibson, reveals that the Centre Theatre opened in 1948 with the Clifton Webb comedy Sitting Pretty.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 31, 2018 at 8:47 pm

An October 31, 1973 article in the Los Alamos Monitor said that the Centre Theatre opened on April 8, 1948. The Centre was advertised in the January 2, 1977 issue of The Santa Fe New Mexican.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm

Looking north in the current Google street view we can see the back end of the former Hill Theatre on Central Avenue. The Centre Theatre was actually north of the Hill Theatre. The part of 17th Street on which it was situated has been realigned and is now signed as Central Park Square.

It has also been given non-standard addresses that don’t match up with addresses on other streets in Los Alamos. As near as I can tell, the Centre Theatre was probably somewhere within a few hundred feet of what a Google street view now displays as 203 Central Park Square.

robboehm on June 4, 2023 at 9:54 pm

The Centre was located in the Los Alamos Community Center flanked by a soda shop and a bowling alley on either side. After it became the High Society it was converted into a triplex designed by Los Alamos architect Conrad Skinner. It closed in 2001.

I’ve uploaded a photo of the marquee and entrance from 1950.

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