Avondale Theatre

1005 W. Broad Street,
Columbus, OH 43222

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Avondale Theatre

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One of two theaters in Frankinton. The other was the Dixie Theatre also on West Broad Street. Academy Theatres owned this theatre in 1955. Opened from the 1930’s-1955. Now a Lev’s Pawn Shop.

Contributed by Keith

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Mark_L
Mark_L on February 23, 2012 at 3:11 am

Avondale ran movies until the second half of 1957.

Keith, thanks for finding these Columbus theatre pictures. Where are they from?

bbfarmer
bbfarmer on February 5, 2013 at 8:00 am

I lived around the corner from this theater for a while (1981-87) and at that time it was being used as a gay nightclub called “Rudely Elegant”. Being straight, I never saw the need to go in, but being a fan of John Waters' films, I certainly wished I had one day when I read a newspaper article about the one and only Divine being there the night before and putting on what was described as an incredible show. That was a really rough, out of the way neighborhood, and it was strange to find out that Divine had been right around the corner and I didn’t know it until the next day.

jrobertclark
jrobertclark on June 23, 2013 at 2:41 am

A website devoted to Columbus gay bar history also notes that Grace Jones performed there as well. Sylvester also played a few gigs there in the early 1980s.

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