Avalon Cinema

4225 S. Kingshighway Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63109

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Avalon Cinema

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The Avalon Theatre opened in 1935. It was vacant from 1999, until its demolition in January 2012.

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ragu4u
ragu4u on August 28, 2009 at 8:23 am

I worked here as an usher in the mid 60’s for 80 cents an hour when it was owned by Arthur Ent. and managed by Mr. Hollis Schurmeyer. Years later I was relief mgr. for Schurmeyer during his vacations. I also seem to recall a Harlan (Waddy) Wadsack & a Mary Ann O'Brian who also worked many, many years there and seemed like parts of the furniture. The Avalon, during that period of the 60’s, was the real “coming of age” spot for hundreds of teens. When Arthur Ent. sold the Avalon is when the true end, began.

JAlex
JAlex on August 28, 2009 at 8:50 am

Available for $1-million.

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gaubatzl
gaubatzl on January 4, 2010 at 9:56 am

does anyone know? How long would it take the city to take more control? Does greg still own it currently, or has it been sold??

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 30, 2010 at 10:47 pm

The realtor no longer lists the property for sale either…

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 30, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Sounds like he’s way behind on taxes, among other legal problems he has. I’m sure if they haven’t already, the city is going to take the property.

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swtaysun
swtaysun on March 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm

One of the oddest moment in the life of the Avalon was in 1988 when “The Last Temptation of Christ” played and there were religious protesters who picketed the first weekend. If they had really wanted to picket a worthy film, they could have chosen the awful Barbra Streisand comedy “For Pete’s Sake” that played there in 1974.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 19, 2010 at 12:17 am

I walked by this theater the other day, and it is in a severely dilapidated condition. The brick veneer facade, a later addition, that extends from the sidewalk up to the marquee level is deteriorating and if tuckpointing does not occur, bricks will start falling soon. The half hoarding, visible in the in the photo posted on August 23, 2009, is missing some of the plywood sections and probably would not protect anyone if the marquee collapses. The roof is in terrible shape; one can only imagine what a mess the interior must be. Two small side windows, partially boarded up from the inside, clearly must admit wind and rain. I hate to see any old theater demolished, but I would doubt very much if anyone is going rescue this one.

JAlex
JAlex on January 18, 2012 at 8:08 am

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported the theatre is being demolished.

Epistkool
Epistkool on January 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

This theater’s demolition started today. When by and see it today and ¼ of the building is already rubble.

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