Star Theatre

NE 2nd Street and E. Washington Avenue,
Ava, MO 65608

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The Star Theatre was opened on August 22, 1943 with Mickey Rooney in “Andy Hardy’s Double Life”. It was operated by the Pettit’s Theatres chain. The theatre seated 275. It was closed on October 25, 1955 with Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis in “You’re Never Too Young”. The following day the New Avalon Theatre was opened.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 5, 2016 at 3:41 am

A timeline of Ava’s history that was published in the 2009 Chamber of Commerce Community Guide (large PDF here) says that the Star Theatre opened in 1943, but also says that it was located one half block north of the northeast corner of the town square. If that’s correct then it must have been on NE 2nd Street, not Washington Avenue. It was operated by the Pettits, who also had the Avalon Theatre.

Chris1982 on January 5, 2016 at 11:54 am

Looks like the entrance to the building is non E. Washington.

dallasmovietheaters on January 8, 2022 at 5:58 pm

Petit’s Star Theatre launched on August 22, 1943 with “Andy Hardy’s Double Life.” It closed October 25, 1955 with “You’re Never Too Young.” That was followed by the opening of the New Avalon Theatre on October 26, 1955.

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