Avalon Theatre

1506 E. Lake Street,
Minneapolis, MN 55407

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Firms: Ekman, Holm & Company

Previous Names: Royal Theatre, Seventh Ward Theatre, Rosebud Theatre Reno Theatre

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The Royal Theatre was built and opened in 1909. It was a wooden structure. In 1913 it was renamed Seventh Ward Theatre, and seated 300. It was destroyed by fire on January 25, 1924.

The Rosebud Theatre was built on the site opening on April 12, 1924, designed by Ekman, Holm & Company which operated until 1928. Between 1928 and 1930 it closed, then reopened as the Reno Theatre when it was equipped with sound and it was renamed Avalon Theatre.

It was demolished and a newer theatre, 1,000-seat Avalon Theatre, was built on the site in 1937 (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures).

Contributed by Chris1982

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Chris1982 on May 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm

In the motion Picture yearbook it is still listed as the Rosebud and in 1930 there is no listing for the Rosebud or a Reno Theatre.

dallasmovietheaters on March 7, 2019 at 12:01 pm

Technically, the Royal Theatre – a one-story wood framed building – burned down and its remains removed after a January 25, 1924 fire. Brandt and Dutton rebuilt a brick structure (see photos). Their new theatre launched as the Rosebuds Twins on April 12, 1924 though quickly was known as the Rosebud Theatre as the “twin” appears to be an adjoining candy store and soda fountain. Its moniker derives from the 1920 novel by Sinclair Lewis, “Main Street" and its adaptation to a 1923 feature film. In the novel, the name of the theatre in Gopher Prairie, Minnesota – and on its first edition cover – is the Rosebud Movie Palace. The film version prominently features the setting as the Rosebud Theatre. This Rosebud theatre opened about a year after the film version.

That theatre became the Reno Theatre and, under new ownership with new sound system, became the original Avalon Theatre. The Rosebud(s)/Reno/Avalon was also knocked down replaced by a new build theater, the “new” Avalon Theatre which was a 1,000-seat venue built on the lot beginning at the corner of Lake and 15th Street or 1500 Lake.

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