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gibson1984 commented about Avalon Theatre on Jan 25, 2010 at 9:59 am

What a great thing to see the Avalon as shown in the 1980’s picture. Thanks. My father was the young handyman who assisted/trained as projectionist, then became the projectionist when the older gentleman retired. He worked at the Avalon from about 1954 to its closing in the 1980’s. His name was Harvey Conaway. I spent almost every Saturday afternoon at the Avalon engrossed in the current movie, and remember when they always showed a cartoon before the feature- and played the National Anthem before each viewing. I don’t recall my first movie there, but when I attend shows there now – I always look up at the small projectionist room where he spent so may hours of his life- and remember him there. There were two huge projection machines in that little room which held the large reels of the old films he would splice and make what ever repairs were needed to get them ruunning. They somehow reminded me of the mechanical bulls you see nowadays- thanks for the pictures…