Allen Theatre

208 W. Main Street,
Farmington, NM 87401

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Previously operated by: Allen Theatres

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Allen Theatre

The Allen Theatre was built on the site of the former Allen Opera House that was destroyed by fire in 1922. The first talkies were played at the Allen Theatre in 1937 and they installed their first concession stand in the Allen Theatre in 1947.

The two story building was in a cream color with decorative blocks running down the front . A triangular-shaped marquee with “Allen” on each side. A ton of neon runs all over the marquee. The Allen Theatre closed in the 1970’s, when the Allen Theatres chain started acquiring other theatres and building multi-screen theatres of their own.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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kencmcintyre on August 28, 2007 at 6:10 pm

In 1963, Allen Theatres also operated the Apache Twin Drive-In, the Valley Drive-In and the Totah, all in Farmington.

kencmcintyre on October 24, 2007 at 9:05 am

This ad shows the Cameo at the Allen address. Maybe a typo. The theater is in Suite B, and there is a hair salon in Suite C at 208 W. Main:

kencmcintyre on October 24, 2007 at 10:01 am

I think with a suite number it must be.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on February 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Dirty Harry is back! A 1988 photo of the colorful and unique Allen Theater in Farmington showing “The Dead Pool”

DavidZornig on March 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm

So if “Mystery Alaska” which came out in 1999, is pictured on the marquee in Lost Memory’s inauguaral 2005 post, when did the Allen Theater finally close?
The theater header/bio still indicates “closed in the 1970’s”.
Don Lewis' 1988 “The Dead Pool” pic also debunks that time frame.

kpdennis on March 25, 2016 at 7:51 am

Cruised through Farmington recently. The colorful Allen Theatre facade is now – and apparently has been for years – a marquee for movies playing at the circuit’s other venues.

MichaelKilgore on January 16, 2020 at 8:31 am

An article in the March 30, 1957 issue of Boxoffice liberally quoted a newspaper article written by Kelly A. Crawford, Allen Theatres manager, describing the history of theaters in the county. “The first motion picture theatre was opened in the San Juan basin at Farmington in the summer of 1912 by Frank B. Allen … Not only was it one of the first movie houses in the U. S., but today the Allen Theatre is the oldest theatre in the Rocky mountain area under the same family operation.”

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