Avalon Theatre

716 11th Street,
Lawrenceville, IL 62439

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Previously operated by: Frisina Amusement Company

Functions: Office Space

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Avalon Theatre

The Avalon Theatre opened on March 17, 1924 with Lloyd Ingraham in “Scaramouche”. It was taken over by the Frisnia Amusement Co. chain in 1936 and they operated it until 1956. It was closed in 1963. The theatre was located next to the State Theatre. It is now an insurance office.

Contributed by Chuck Van bibber

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm

This weblog post from the Lawrence County Historical Society is titled Hurley Gould – Moving Picture Theatre Owner. Mrs. Gould owned a number of theaters in and around Lawrence, including the Avalon. There are two photos of the Avalon near the end of the post. The first must be from 1941, the year The Lady Eve was released. Judging from the parked cars, the second is from the 1920s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm

The May 21, 1936, issue of The Film Daily said that the Avalon Theatre in Lawrenceville, Illinois, had been transfered to D. Frisina by Mrs. Hurley Gould.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 11, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Google’s camera car didn’t travel along 11th Street. The Avalon Theatre is the middle building of the five facing 11th (the lowest one.) The State Theatre was in the first.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 6, 2021 at 5:49 pm

The April 5, 1924 issue of The Reel Journal said that the Avalon Theatre in Lawrenceville, Illinois had opened on Monday, March 17 with “Scaramouche” as the feature film.

The Frisina circuit operated the Avalon under lease from 1936 until 1956, at which time they bought the building and undertook extensive renovations. The house continued in operation until November, 1978, when it closed with a showing of “Grease.” Frisina then sold the building to the Golden Rule Insurance Co., who remodeled the building for its offices.

DavidZornig on August 8, 2021 at 8:07 am

1958 photo added credit Curtis Alan Stoltz.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on September 18, 2022 at 4:01 am

Nice looking building, still there, but it’s now office space. At least it’s still standing!

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