Avalon Theater

3605 S. State Street,
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

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ivanmlincoln
ivanmlincoln on September 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm

As of March 2012 the Avalon Theatre has become the new home of Salt Lake City’s nomadic Salt Lake Children’s Theatre and School of Arts. The theater company has been operating in Salt Lake City for nearly 30-plus years, bouncing around to several venues, including the historic, downtown Utah Theatre (now being considered as a showcase & site for the Utah Film Center). The Avalon has undergone complete renovation to make it work for the children’s theater company — new roof, upgraded electricity and a new “thrust” style stage.

Joanne Parker, who founded SLCT with her husband, Tom, during the 1980s, hopes the Avalon will be their permanent home.
                In their previous locations, the company drew many elementary school students to special weekday matinees. The busloads of kids always had a brief instruction session, usually from Joanne, focusing on theatre etiquite. 
                

The newly renovated space will have seating for 200 or so patrons, arranged so that even small children will be able to see the stage. The theater company’s web site is www.tctheatre.org. For details on the move, see Rosemary Howard’s story that was published on March 12 in the Deseret Newsw (www.deseretnews.com).

RickB
RickB on September 17, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Art Proctor, longtime owner of the Avalon, died on September 15, 2009. Obituary here.

TranceMaster
TranceMaster on March 16, 2009 at 11:32 am

Not sure… just google the avalon theater salt lake city to find out. I’m sure movies are not there. Last time I was in SLC it was just for concerts, all the chairs gone~~

TranceMaster
TranceMaster on March 14, 2009 at 11:55 am

No it shouldn’t be concerts. This was back from around 1994' – 2000 before it got turned into a “concert” hall.

TranceMaster
TranceMaster on March 11, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Here’s a little known fact about the Avalon Theater. While I worked there doing my comedy hypnosis show for 320 weeks, the longest running comedy hypnosis show ever developed, we had a ghost. We simply called it the Avalon ghost. Many times I would hear the ghost talking when I was there alone. James who used to work there in those days also was very aware of the ghost. One of my crew also ran into the ghost one day. Art would just raise his eyebrow about the ghost.
Spencer
http://www.sleepnow.com

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on July 13, 2007 at 4:18 pm

The “Lost Memory” photo makes mention of some TLC needed and I fully agree. The only reason the theater is still in operation is mainly due to the guts and determination of owner; Art Proctor -a real gentleman when I worked for him.
Mr. “P” also operates the video rental store next door which helps with the rent but he really needs some VOLUNTEER HELP. I wish I still lived in SLC but have retired to Long Beach, Ca.

We have a similar situation regarding the little Art Theater here. It’s the last remaining single screen house with awful video projection and seating that should have gone down with the Titanic. Another situation is the total arrogance of those working there!

mslegend69
mslegend69 on January 22, 2007 at 9:37 pm

The most famous hypnotist to ever grace the Avalon was Spencer who was billed as the world’s fastest hypnotist. He was there over 4 years and had a very loyal following. After he left other hypnotists tried to fill his shoes but all failed. Then a concert hall took over and they are having problems with the building structure.
Anyhow, like thousands of others, I will always remember the Avalon because of Spencer. He is at www.sleepnow.com if you want to follow up his adventures.

ghamilton
ghamilton on October 9, 2006 at 11:58 am

I guess my feelings for the Avalon were colored by getting a Vandermeade 33 rpm record in a BIG box as a white elephant gift at a HP Christmas party a few years ago.Other folks got good stuff.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 9, 2006 at 11:44 am

I would agree with Simon on this one. To each his own memories, which is really the whole point of the website.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on October 9, 2006 at 10:42 am

Hey “ghamilton”: I suggest if you want to see “other” theater pictures then you should NOT log onto the AVALON’s site. I am proud to have worked at the AVALON (2001-2003) as 65 year-old popcorn popping assistant, changed the marquee lettering, replaced burned-out light bulbs, cleaned the auditorium and helped with projection occasionally. I hope this site is flooded with past pictures and memories from patrons!

ghamilton
ghamilton on February 28, 2006 at 9:24 am

Please,no more Avalon pictures.Find some more interior shots of the Utah.Better yet try to find some shots of the biggest theater,by far,in the state of VA,and one of the largest in the US-the Virginia,in Danville.Sad truth is,the Avalon doesn’t really show much exterior beauty.

ghamilton
ghamilton on June 23, 2005 at 7:48 am

The “style"of this theater can best be described as post-WW II concrete block.I got a Vandermeide record as part of a white elephant gift at a HP Christmas party a few years ago.I’m too frightened to play it.

carolgrau
carolgrau on April 14, 2005 at 10:53 am

I am glad to see it is still open and not a parking lot like so many others have become. Movies once in a while are better than none at all.
Dave Grau (Mungo)
Norelco

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[Deleted] on December 27, 2004 at 1:31 pm

The Avalon Theatre in Salt Lake City opened in 1947 as the Apollo Theatre. The name changed to the Avalon Theatre in 1963. The original seating was 595 but that was reduced to 495 when Vandermeide, a world-famous hypnotist, began a hypnotist and comedy show in 1993. The seats were removed to build a stage in front of the theatres movie screen.

Andrea1979
Andrea1979 on August 5, 2004 at 12:28 pm

Anyone know more about this theatre?