Franjo Theatre

18 Schuyler Street,
Boonville, NY 13309

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Previously operated by: Kallet Theaters Inc.

Previous Names: Avon Theatre

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Franjo Theatre

Originally opened as the Avon Theatre in 1937, it was renamed Franjo Theatre in May 1939. It closed May 3, 1963 when it suffered damage by fire. It was demolished a year later.

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JoePfeifferJr on January 27, 2005 at 9:31 pm

The Franjo Theatre was built by Fran & Joe Sternberg and opened in 1937. My Grandfather Joseph Kallet of the Kallet Theatre chain purchased it in 1950. My father Joseph Pfeiffer Sr operated the theatre until it burned on May 3, 1963. I have some pictures of it if anyone is interested.

Joseph Pfeiffer, Jr.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm

The Buffalo area construction report in Boxoffice of August 22, 1936, lists the Avon Theatre at Boonville as one of three new houses being built in the region that year. The estimated cost of the project was $125,000, and the owner was Joseph Sternberg. The September 12 issue of Boxoffice said the Avon was expected to be open around Christmas. The opening might have been delayed a few weeks, as was often the case with new theaters.

A report in the Boonville Herald of May 11, 1939, said that the Avon Theatre had been renamed the Franjo Theatre. Boxoffice of May 27 said that Joe Sternberg had made up the new name from a combination of his and his wife’s names.

DavidZornig on September 26, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Here is the CinemaTour page with Joe Pfeiffer Jr.’s photos. Copy and paste to view.

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