Avalon Theatre

4134 East 131st Street,
Cleveland, OH 44105

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The Avalon Theatre was opened in 1940 and cost $27,000 to build. I saw my first movie in this theatre. I was 9 years old at the time and my Dad took my older brother and me to to see “The Ten Commandments”. The Avalon Theatre was closed in 1970 and like many other neighborhood theaters in the inner city, it was turned into a church. The building is still standing. The Avalon Theatre was located about two blocks north of Miles Avenue on East 131st Street.

Contributed by T. Hudak

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rogers on September 27, 2006 at 11:14 am

TO: Jim Basnik and Chuck1231

The Avalon was located exactly where T. Hudak described — on E. 131st Street, north of Miles. (I also have that list of Cleveland theatres you refer to, and I can tell you that there are many, many errors contained in it — especially in the opening and closing dates shown.) Anyway, I worked briefly at the Avalon in about 1956. It was a fairly nice neighborhood theatre, all on one floor, and I’d estimate the seating capacity at 1200-1500.

kencmcintyre on September 10, 2007 at 10:24 am

In 1963, General Theaters was the operator of the Avalon. General president was Leonard Mishkind. Other Cleveland theaters in this chain at the time were the Detroit, LaSalle, Lyceum, Regent, Olympia and Southern.

kencmcintyre on July 18, 2008 at 9:18 pm

There are a lot of churches on E. 131st north of Miles. I tried to figure out which one could have been the Avalon, but no luck. The church may have done some remodeling.

Norm Lindway
Norm Lindway on November 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm

The Avalon is located on the west side of E. 131 st. Just south of Marston Avenue. It is only about four or five storefronts from Marston. The parking lot in the rear of the theater was entered from a driveway on Marston.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 16, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Boxoffice of June 4, 1938, announced that the Avalon Theatre had opened the previous Friday. The new house had been designed by architect Paul Matzinger.

Norm Lindway
Norm Lindway on May 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm

The Avalon showed double features with show dates being Sun,Mon. Tues and a single date of Wed, only and then Thurs, Fri, Sat, The Wed, show usually included Bank Night where a cash prize was awarded to atendees between the two features. The manager mounted the stage and picked the winning ticket. Needless to say I never won a prize.

LuciB on October 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I went there as a child with my mother, then with my girlfriends and boyfriends, just about every Sunday in the late 50’s and early sixties. Saw a live event on stage with Connie Stevens, and various other singers and performers..In late 50’s ?

parmarick on December 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm

My Mother worked the Ticcket booth at the Avalon for several years. The Manager at the tme was Nick Arnstein. General Theater bosses where Leonard mishkind and mr. Helrigel…I don’t remember his first name but I know it was always “treacherous” during their visits or “check-ups” Arnstein used to get nervous as a cat when they showed up. They also had some “Variety” acts between “Double Features” on the weekends such as a “magician” and a few other acts. I also remmember the “Bank Night” that were mentioned by another blogger here. It brings back a lot of fond memories I lived in that neighborhood my entire childhood and I drive by there once in awhile, my Mother is now deceased but I can still see her selling tickets in the “Ticket Booth” that was in front of the theater.

rivest266 on January 18, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Grand opening ad in photo section

jkchase52 on February 9, 2015 at 6:16 am

Great neighborhood. Grew up on East 131st next to Horak Funeral home. Saw great King Kong, Godzilla movies there in the last years. Would love any kind of memorabilia from there. Remember Sparks Hobby Shop just down the street ?

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