Avalon Theater

743 South 75th Street,
Houston, TX 77023

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The Avalon Theater opened prior to 1950, and closed in the 1980’s. The building is currently home to a church.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 28, 2010 at 2:04 am

The name was changed to the Capri as early as 1967, according to the item in Boxoffice of January 30 that year. I haven’t found the opening year, but this Avalon was mentioned in Boxoffice of October 2, 1948, as one of several houses that had recently installed Altec Lansing sound equipment. That might be an indication that it was then under construction.

DJRage70
DJRage70 on August 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I remember this being an adult movie theater in the 70s. It sat/sits across the street from the Weingarten shopping center on Lawndale

_1WilliamMacdonald
_1WilliamMacdonald on October 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Al Zarzana owned the Avalon in the 70’s when it was adult fare. Rick Uhlhorn was the manager. They tried haveing live striippers in there for a while.

_1WilliamMacdonald
_1WilliamMacdonald on October 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

For a while, the Avalon showed real art films. Foreign titles etc. They ran a film of the Bolshoi ballet company. Someone called up and asked if it was a live stage show with the Bolshoi. No, they replied, it was a film. They figured that if they booked the real Bolshoi, tickets would be $750 a seat.

They did have live stage plays briefly. Hal March, of the tv show $64,000 Question was the star of one production. I’m sure it did not make money.

_1WilliamMacdonald
_1WilliamMacdonald on October 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I visited my friend, Rick Uhlhorn, the manager at the Avalon/Capri when it ran adult fare. I’d go in and watch the film as long as I could stand it. They were mind numbinly awful. I could feel brain cells dying by the minute.

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