Avalon Theatre

3301 Monroe Street,
Toledo, OH 43606

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Previous Names: Avalon Art Theatre

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Avalon Theatre

The Avalon Theatre opened in 1931. It was located on Monroe Street and Smead Avenue. The theatre closed in 1955 and has since been demolished.

Contributed by Chuck

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MikeyFortune on August 17, 2006 at 4:47 pm

The building is long gone. After the Avalon closed it was converted to a bowling alley. That did not last either. It was not in the best location.

kencmcintyre on April 21, 2009 at 2:26 am

Here is a 1982 photo. It looks like the theater was already closed and for sale by that time.

W Frisk
W Frisk on May 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm

It was a remodeling and enlargement of an earlier theatre called the Ivanhoe. They added about 40 feet to the screen end of the building and built a new facade. More modern style plasterwork and light fixtures were used, much of which remained until demolition. I explored the building in its last use as a church when a friend got the chaser and marquee lights working again. When you went through the attic from the booth, about half way down one section between the roof trusses had painted and plastered walls on the side of the roof trusses and a plaster ceiling at the top in the area that had been the Ivanhoe stage. The building had suffered severe water damage and the bowling alleys were warped and twisted.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm

This is probably the 1967 photo Chuck’s dead link fetched.

The Ivanhoe Theatre was in operation before 1919. It was included on a list of Toledo movie houses in a book called “Motion Pictures as a Phase of Commercial Amusement in Toledo, Ohio,” by John Joseph Phelan, which was published that year.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on November 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm

The Avalon showed xxx rated movies also.

rivest266 on February 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm

First listings started on June 27th, 1931. No grand opening ad in the paper.

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