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. Originally built in 1924 as the post office and Avondale City Hall. It was converted into the Avondale Theatre in 1938. In 1966 it became an arthouse cinema and was renamed Towne Cinema. In the 1960’s it became the Cinema Showcase, which had closed by the late-1970’s, and it became J & S Recording Studio.

This was followed by use as a punk club and a rock club, before becoming the Nickel and Dime Recording Studio in 2008.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Don K.
Don K. on May 24, 2005 at 4:57 am

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
WHITEFIELD on July 9, 2007 at 11:05 pm

Here is a older photo.
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WHITEFIELD
WHITEFIELD on July 13, 2007 at 1:46 am

See The Avondale Theatre listed in paper here.
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charlah
charlah on January 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm

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

charlah
charlah on July 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm

The 1961 photo has moved here: View link

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on July 10, 2009 at 10:00 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.
http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit

VincentPrice
VincentPrice on June 18, 2010 at 9:04 pm

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

angelholley99
angelholley99 on September 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm

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

Towncinema
Towncinema on September 26, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Hi my name is Tony Longval. I am renovating the Avondale Towne Cinema and I was hoping someone on this thread could give me some history of the building. I am really looking for photos of the inside that show the balcony and other photos that are not online. My goal is to restore it to was close as it was built in 1938. I am also looking for more history on what went on in the building.

I have some of the history below: 1924 Was the Post Office and City Hall for Avondale 1938 Was converted to a theater 1966 George Ellis Managed it and showed art films 1970’s Jim Whaley – Cinema Showcase – showed movies Late 70’s J & S Recording Studio – do not know anything about this 1983 – You Tube videos show it as a punk club – have no information 1987-1993 David and Eva Wiley – ran a Rock Club 1998 – 2008 Nickel and Dime Recording Studio – very familiar with this

Thank You

If you wood like to contact me directly here is my information (404) 323-4199

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