Avon Theater

216 N. Lebanon Street,
Lebanon, IN 46052

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Avon Theater

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on April 16, 2010 at 10:05 pm

If the address is correct, it appears it’s gone for good….

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm

The name Colonial Theatre goes way back in Lebanon, but I don’t know if it was originally in the same building that became the Avon. Here is an item (somewhat belated, it appears) from the October 10, 1914, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“The Colonial, Lebanon, will move into the picture show auditorium made a part of the new Rural Loan Association building. The Colonial will be running in the new location before October 1.”
The November 7 issue of the same magazine had another item about the Colonial:
:“The New Colonial theater, Lebanon, Ind., will be reopened for business now soon. The work of remodeling and redecorating is about complete.”
From the two items, is sounds as though the theater might have temporarily occupied the auditorium of the Rural Loan Association building while its own building was being remodeled.

Another reference to the Colonial comes from the February 13, 1915, issue of Domestic Engineering:

“Clarence Miller, of Lebanon, recently finished the heating and plumbing in the two-story fireproof Colonial Theater building. This contract amounted to $1,100.”
The 1921 edition of Julius Cahn’s guide lists the Colonial Theatre at Lebanon as a 500-seat house with a rather small stage 20 feet by 21 feet. The guide says there were also two movie theaters at Lebanon, one playing vaudeville twice a week, but it doesn’t name them. The town’s population was 6,257 in 1920, so three theaters was not unreasonable.

Chris1982 on June 11, 2014 at 9:28 pm

The Colonial Theatre became the Avon Theatre in 1939, at that time seating was listed at 490.

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