ABOUT THE THEATRE
The earliest manifestation of a movie theater in Annville, PA dates back to the early 1900's. The name of the theater was the Hippodrome. The Hippodrome operated as a "second-run" theatre, showing movies at a discounted rate after leaving first-run theaters. Around 1929, new management changed the name to the Astor Theater. The Astor had a great run until financial troubles arose in the 1970's, and ultimately, closing the doors in the early 1980's. In 1992, Mr. Skip Hicks had a dream for the former Astor Theater- to completely renovate it, and operate a landmark theater in Annville once again. After three years of renovation he did just that, and by September of 1995, the Allen Theatre was open for business. Under Skip's ownership, the Allen Theatre was named one of the twelve best local movie theaters in the country by moviefone.com in 2010. In June of 2018, the Allen was purchased by Edward and Susan Felty to continue the legacy of this Annville landmark. Edward and Susan, both Lebanon natives, hope to continue to grow the business and further realize the dream that Mr. Hicks began in 1995: to provide state of the art entertainment, and a place to gather for the town of Annville and its surrounding communities.
ABOUT THE CAFE
The Backstage Cafe is the site of the former MJ's Coffeehouse and is adjacent to the Allen Theatre. While the menu still includes the old favorites, it also includes new sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. The Cafe also still features all your coffee favorites. Looking for a tasty treat? Try one of our delectable pastries provided by Katie Cakes Cakery, hand-dipped ice cream, or freshly made milkshakes. The Cafe offers the perfect space to meet with old friends and meet new ones.
The Cafe will play host to local musicians, monthly jazz nights, and independent local artists showcasing their talents. Monday open mic nights will make its return to the Cafe in the fall.
Oh yes, did I mention- we now accept credit/debit cards!!