Avon Theatre

426 N. Water Street,
Decatur, IL 62523

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50sSNIPES on January 8, 2024 at 10:14 am

Kerasotes closed the Avon as a first-run house on April 17, 1986 after the chain’s lease of the Avon building expired.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 25, 2022 at 7:07 pm

The 1950s remodeling of the Avon Theatre was undoubtedly occasioned by the collapse of the auditorium ceiling on May 1, 1950, as depicted in these photos from the Decatur Public Library (which reserves the copyright on the scans.)

DavidZornig on October 18, 2018 at 2:31 pm

Promotion for “The Mummy’s Hand” 1940 photo added courtesy of Sid Terror’s Haunted Film Vault Facebook page.

pnelson on October 17, 2016 at 7:13 pm

Any pics of the auditorium? Sounds beautiful. Good this place is still around.

SarahCat on October 17, 2016 at 4:10 pm

Skip has been holding film retrospective classes at The Avon for well over a decade. The classes typically run 8 weeks and each session follows a particular theme, however, Skip does not announce the title until he gives his pre-showing introduction, which often is a very interesting historical tease. After the film, there is a class participation discussion about the film, which sometimes informally spills out onto the sidewalk outside the theater lobby (weather permitting), hardcore students, only.

rivest266 on February 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Opening date: November 28th, 1916.

rivest266 on May 26, 2012 at 10:19 am

I uploaded its grand opening ad in this theatre’s photo section.

CSWalczak on January 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

An article about this theater’s decision to dump 3D: View link

moulinrouge on August 20, 2006 at 12:57 pm

The Avon Threatre was recently remodeled within the last few years into the Avon Twin. Thankfully, the original construction was not chopped to pieces— the building next door was opened up to feature a second screen.

This is a fabulous, old-timey theater. Before each feature, a short cartoon or comedy is screened. From Mickey Mouse to the Three Stooges, owner Skip Huston wants to make sure his audiences enjoy a trip back in time while enjoying the films of today. At about every showtime, Skip will stand at the back of the theater and when a preview ends, he’ll shout out when the movie will be playing. Such a wonderful person who teems with the joy of owning his own movie theater. Don’t miss going to the Avon if you’ve never been. The ghost stories are worthwhile, too, even if you’re a non-believer, and Skip is always open to talk!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 19, 2004 at 1:24 pm

The architect of the Avon Theatre was R.O. Rosen, who designed the theatre to seat 1,080 in orchestra stalls and balcony levels.