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The Afton Theater sits in the middle of the Craddock Historic District in the Afton Square shopping district. The district has been falling down hill since the 60’s by all appearences. The theater closed by the early 70’s.
Was built in 1937 with some fanfare, as a totally state of the art house. It was equipped with some level of stage facilities. Community efforts to raise funds for rehab have failed miserably. This is so sad, as the area has so much potential. A non-profit was started, but has virtually died out.
The old marquee hangs on to the building with a plea for help on the east side. Storefronts run along the front side of the structure, but are empty. A long lobby goes south toward the auditorium. The rear of the structure faces west. The roof is now partly collapsed, never a good sign for the future.
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