Avon Theatre

3327 W. Fullerton Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60647

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Previously operated by: Essaness Theaters Corp.

Functions: Church

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Avon Theatre

This Logan Square neighborhood theatre, which opened in 1914, could seat just over 800. It was originally built for the Lynch circuit, and was located on N. Fullerton Avenue between N. Kimball Avenue and N. Spaulding Avenue. Following a period of closure, it was reopened on November 22, 1935.

During the 1960’s and into the 1970’s, the Avon Theatre screened Greek-language films. The Avon Theatre returned to second-run films around the late-1970’s, and closed by the mid-1980’s.

The former theatre has served for many years as a church.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Ray Martinez

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

GFeret on January 9, 2007 at 11:20 am

Yes AVON had advertised sub-runs in the late 70’s-early ‘80’s; it was the only time(s) I was there myself although I can’t remember a single films’ name. Overall it wasn’t a remarkable venue.

ctd on April 16, 2007 at 8:46 am

I only saw a few movies at the Avon. My most vivid memory about was from ‘79, when “The Warriors” played there. Apparently, two local rival gangs went to see the film on the first night and someone got shot.

I don’t know if it was true or an urban legend, but my family and I stopped going to the Avon after that.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 22, 2007 at 11:42 pm

I can’t tell from looking at it what might be left inside.

The vertical sign frame remained for many years after it closed as a cinema. I suppose they left it there until it became unsafe and they had to spend the money to have it removed.

Broan on June 23, 2007 at 9:25 am

Actually I visited the church not long ago. The interior’s been divided up a lot; it’s more a community center in plan. The church area itself is actually a gymnasium, the main theater feature remaining is the ceiling. Cool church, too.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 16, 2009 at 9:05 am

80’s photo of the Avon here:

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kencmcintyre on January 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm

This is a website for one of the organizations in the building:

matthew1964 on July 31, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Hey thanks ,,life to short ,, i liked the photo,,i remember being at the avon to see those movies that week in july in 1982 me and my ,,we always went to the avon or the logan, every week ,,most of the time they ran very cheezy movies ,,like ,venum,and frogs,i saw them both on the same bill at the avon,,

DavidZornig on September 17, 2015 at 6:18 pm

June 11, 1937 photo added, photo credit Peter Fish. Courtesy of the Logan Square Preservation Facebook page.

Broan on October 23, 2016 at 11:16 am

Sam Katz, of Balaban & Katz, was one of the early operators of the Avon.

rivest266 on August 13, 2020 at 4:26 pm

Reopened on November 22nd, 1935. Grand opening ad posted.

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