Avon Theater

1223 E. Lovejoy Street,
Buffalo, NY 14206

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In 1914 a theater called the Hopf Star Theater was opened at 1223 E. Lovejoy Street. It was a one story brick building, with 350 seats. It closed in 1916, to be re-opened in 1923 as the Avon Theater. It was operated by the Micheals family, that had other theaters in Buffalo.

In the 1930’s, the Rappaport family took over the business. They also operated the nearby Lovejoy Theaters. (Old Lovejoy through the 1940’s, and the New Lovejoy 1947). The Avon Theater was one of the first in Buffalo to close after the Second World War, in 1950. It was a furniture store in the 1980’s.

Contributed by Alan Lapp

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Here is a photo of the Avon as a furniture store.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 6, 2008 at 6:18 pm

This is the building as a tanning salon which it might still be used for. Yellow Pages lists an Exstream Tan at 1223 E Lovejoy St.

Holidayguy
Holidayguy on April 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I currently live in one of the upper apartments in this building…It has been many things since the furniture store. I don’t know when the second floor was added….. It was an arcade, a bar amusement repair shop (still existing in the lower rear of the building), a motorcycle repair shop (lower front), and lastly, a union hall with offices on the second floor, which were turned into two mammoth apartments. There is a storage room at the upper back of the building, and you can still see how the construction changes, with large wooden supporting beams with trusses ,extending roof to lower level floor,probably to support the screen….in the downstairs, the floor goes from concrete to wood from where the large beams set into the concrete about 9 feet from the back wall

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