Avon 9th Street Theatre

289 9th Street,
Park Slope,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Avon 9th Street Theatre

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The Avon 9th Street Theatre was a small neighborhood movie house which stood on 9th Street between 4th and 5th Avenues in Park Slope. It first opened in 1914, and was designed by architects Harde, Short & J. MacManus. It ran double features for some time until it went XXX, which it served up for years.

McDonald’s bought the site, closed the decaying theater in 1975, razed it and build a fast food restaurant there.

The theater stood a block away from the RKO Prospect Theatre. If you go into 5th Avenue Locksmith next door, you will see a photo of the theater’s facade. Its marquee announces a Jerry Lewis movie.

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Swive
Swive on February 25, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Just discovered this site. I think my grandfather, Julius Charnow, may have owned or leased the Avon in the 1950’s. Does anyone know of a way to research this?

Thanks, in advance.

IMBlessed
IMBlessed on April 2, 2011 at 10:42 am

Wow! I was about 10, it was December 7, 1941, the film (don’t what one) was interrupted and the manager (?) of the theatre announced the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It scared the heck out of me and I ran all the way home to my family. We were living in a brownstone near 5th Avenue and 5th Street. Anyone out there who was around in those days? I went to PS 39, at 417 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. BTW PS 39 is now known as “The Henry Bristow Landmark School.” My daughters and I visited the school in May 2009. As a landmark school its exterior is just like it was when I attended. See http://www.ps39.org/ Any PS 39 alums out there?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm

12/7/41 was a Sunday, which is probably why you were at the movies when you heard the news. No school!

IMBlessed
IMBlessed on April 3, 2011 at 9:50 am

Yes, Tinseltoes, it was a Sunday. I’m curious as to what movie was playing. Do you have a resource for that sort of info?
Are you still in Breooklyn?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 3, 2011 at 11:08 am

Sorry, “Blessed,” but I don’t know the booking for that date. But you might be able to find it in the Brooklyn Eagle issue of 12/7/41, which some public libraries have on microfilm. However, many small, sub-run theatres didn’t advertise in newspapers because it was unnecessary and/or too expensive. Most of their patronage came from people in the neighborhood.

Astyanax
Astyanax on April 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Neighborhood sub-runs, not affiliated with any of the major chains, would distribute cardboard posters among the local merchants for display in shop windows, announcing the features for the week. The posters were fairly ordinary, just print and no photos with the basic information. I don’t recall any listing of starting times as patrons were more than likely to walk-in in the middle of the feature.

DJM78
DJM78 on January 8, 2012 at 11:29 pm

My Mom and Dad were from nearby Red Hook. They told me stories about going to the Avon and The Prospect which was a block away.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I just posted three photos of this theater — one from the 1920’s, one from 1939 and one from circa 1970.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

TommyS
TommyS on January 27, 2013 at 10:43 pm

I loved this little theatre. My best friend,Victor,and I would go to the movies every Saturday – a double feature with several cartoons in the early 50s. I believe when we first went the the cost was 10 cents. It eventual went to 25. I remember seeing the the Four Horse of the Apocalypse starring Glenn Ford with my father there. It was one of the moview that shape my life-long philosophy.

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