Avondale Theatre

1005 W. Broad Street,
Columbus, OH 43222

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Avondale Theatre

One of two theaters in Frankinton. The other was the Dixie Theatre also on West Broad Street. Academy Operating Co. owned this theatre in 1955. Opened from the 1930’s-1957. Now a Lev’s Pawn Shop.

Contributed by Keith

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Mark_L on February 23, 2012 at 5:11 am

Avondale ran movies until the second half of 1957.

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

bbfarmer on February 5, 2013 at 10:00 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 on June 23, 2013 at 5:41 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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