Avon Theater

2204 SW. Adams Street,
Peoria, IL 61602

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Previous Names: Imperial Theater, Circus Theater

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Avon Theater, Peoria, IL

This theater originally opened as the Imperial Theater in 1914. It was remodeled in 1937, and renamed the Avon Theater. It closed on April 18, 1956.

It was later reopened and by the 1970’s, was known as the Circus Theater. It it closed and remained vacant for many years, eventually being demolished.

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Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

kencmcintyre on March 1, 2008 at 4:56 am

There is an interesting recap of Peoria theaters on this page:

JeffCarlson on January 22, 2010 at 1:18 am

Here’s a vintage shot of the Avon:

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I recently took a photo of the building in it’s current state and will be posting it here soon.

JeffCarlson on February 16, 2010 at 2:15 am

Here’s a shot of the Avon in it’s current state:

The roof is giving out and it’s scheduled for demolition any day now.

Patsy on February 16, 2010 at 3:48 am

Such a shame to see this theatre in such a state of neglect now!

JeffCarlson on February 16, 2010 at 3:51 am

You have no idea … I was able to peek in the front window only to see sunlight shining through big holes in the roof. The interior is totally gutted, there’s not a single feature of it’s former glory left

TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm

But will it play in Peoria?

JeffCarlson on February 18, 2010 at 3:32 am

That at this (former) theater, it won’t.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on September 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Address and ZIP need to be changed to:

2204 SW. Adams Street, Peoria, IL 61602 United States

Allen_Abel on January 3, 2012 at 11:24 am

You can mark this one as demolished.

DavidZornig on July 14, 2016 at 1:14 am

Circa 1935 photo added, photo credit Peoria Public Library.

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