Towne Cinema

106 Avondale Road North,
Avondale Estates, GA 30002

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Towne Cinema

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A charming facade on a charming little stretch of road in the hamlet of Avondale Estates. There is very little known as to when this theatre opened and went it ceased operation. The Towne doesn’t appear in the theatre listing in any of the city telephone or business directories between 1969-1980.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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JackCoursey on May 4, 2005 at 12:07 pm

I’ll say it’s about 98% certain that they are one and the same. Avondale Estates, which is theoretically Decatur, is relatively small, both geographically and demographically, and not well suited for more than one theatre. Also although there currently is no Main St listed in Avondale Estates, it is possible that Avondale Rd was at one point Main St.

Don K.
Don K. on May 23, 2005 at 8:57 pm

Yes, the Towne Cinema was originally the Avondale Theater. Around 1966, the Avondale Theater came under the management of the late George Ellis. He altered the name and instituted a policy of art films and revivals. Prior to that time, the Avondale Theater had become run down and had a poor reputation.

Although Avondale Estates and the City of Decatur (which was incorporated as a city before Atlanta) bordered each other in DeKalb County, they were seperate and distinct communities. Their respective high schools were arch rivals.

As nearly as I can tell, this theater ceased operation sometimes in the 1970’s

WHITEFIELD on July 9, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Here is a older photo.
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WHITEFIELD on July 12, 2007 at 5:46 pm

See The Avondale Theatre listed in paper here.
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charlah on January 6, 2009 at 8:35 am

Here is a photo from 1961, when the theatre was apparently called the Avon: View link

charlah on July 6, 2009 at 8:38 am

The 1961 photo has moved here: View link

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on July 10, 2009 at 2:00 am

I worked there as a kid when the host of WPBS show CINEMA SHOWCASE and CREATIVE LOAFING film critic JIM WHALEY reopened and managed it. Unfortunately, the projection was not what it should have been. The film he launched the re-opening was OLIVER! Later I remember seeing both DOCTOR DOLITTLE there and CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.

VincentPrice on June 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I recently saw an ad on Atlanta Craigslist for leasing this theater. They want $3000 mo / 7500ft².

angelholley99 on September 18, 2010 at 10:46 am

This is what I’m trying to do there now: . .please pass the word along!

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