Towne Cinema

106 Avondale Road North,
Avondale Estates, GA 30002

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angelholley99
angelholley99 on September 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm

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

VincentPrice
VincentPrice on June 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm

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

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on July 10, 2009 at 5:00 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.
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charlah
charlah on July 6, 2009 at 11:38 am

The 1961 photo has moved here: View link

charlah
charlah on January 6, 2009 at 11:35 am

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

WHITEFIELD
WHITEFIELD on July 12, 2007 at 8:46 pm

See The Avondale Theatre listed in paper here.
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WHITEFIELD
WHITEFIELD on July 9, 2007 at 6:05 pm

Here is a older photo.
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Don K.
Don K. on May 23, 2005 at 11:57 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

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on May 4, 2005 at 3:07 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.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 4, 2005 at 9:48 am

Editions of Film Daily Yearbook that I have 1941-1950 list an Avondale Theatre, Main Street, Avondale Estates, GA with a seating capacity of 600. Could this be the Towne Theatre?