Avalon Theatre

205 W. Main Street,
Monroe, WA 98272

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Previous Names: Monroe Theatre

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Avalon Theatre

Opened as the the Monroe Theatre in 1929 this cinema was renamed Avalon Theatre in January 1931. The theatre ended its run in 1966 and the site is now a parking lot.

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DavidZornig on August 21, 2017 at 6:49 am

Avalon Theatre display in the below link. Appears to have been in the 200 block of West Main Street, based on the framed history in the photo. It will enlarge, but I still can’t make it out.


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2017 at 10:40 pm

If this house opened in 1929 then it was not the first in town to be called the Monroe Theatre. A Monroe Theater was advertised in the April 8, 1910, issue of the Monroe Monitor-Transcript. The house was also mentioned in the October 14, 1922, issue of The Moving Picture World.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2017 at 11:00 pm

Judging from the old photo on David’s link, showing Main Street East from Madison, I suspect that the address of the Avalon Theatre was either 205 or 207 W. Main Street. It appears to have been directly across the street from The westernmost storefront in the Hallan Building, which has the address 206 W. Main. The theater’s site is now part of the parking lot for Union Bank.

I believe the old Monroe Theatre is also mentioned in the “Avalon Theatre” framed history on the same page as the photo, but the text is not clear enough to make out any details other than that the manager of the new theater had also managed the old one.

DavidZornig on August 22, 2017 at 6:19 am

I enlarged the photo in the link I previously posted, and the address appears to be 205 West main Street.

DavidZornig on July 20, 2020 at 8:47 pm

I posted a 1910 photo of the first Monroe Theatre. Until I can do more research and set up a page for it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 21, 2020 at 2:54 pm

The description should note that the second Monroe Theatre was renamed Avalon Theatre in January, 1931, per the newspaper clipping uploaded to the photo page by CT contributor Predator.

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