Avon Theatre Film Center

272 Bedford Street,
Stamford, CT 06901

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Avon Theatre - 2001

The Avon Theatre was opened on June 15, 1939 with a seating capacity of 780 in orchestra and balcony levels in a stadium plan. There were three large painted panels on each of the side-walls depicting pastoral scenes. The facade was in red brick with marble trimmings and white wooden columns. It was built by the Weiss Amusement Co. and run by Crown Theatres until it closed in 1998.

In 2001, it was purchased by a private investor from Greenwich, Connecticut whose Avon Theatre, LLC restored the theater.

The Avon Theatre Film Center re-opened on January 23, 2004 and currently shows art, foreign, and independent films.

Contributed by Roger Smith, Jen & John Canning

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bernie on May 5, 2004 at 6:23 pm

I grew up in nearby Cos Cob and have great memories of time spent at the Avon back in the late 50’s and 60’s. It was the theatre I first saw a 3-D film in and I clearly remember sitting there ducking down to avoid being hit by the arrows flying out of the screen and people seemingly falling into the audience. My dad and brother had more than a few laughs as I tried to avoid being hit. The movie was “The Charge at Feather River” and I have never forgotten the experience. Along with the Avon was the magnificent Pickwick Theatre in Greenwich, which was huge inside and beautifully decorated.

ZARDOZ on January 3, 2005 at 1:31 am

Thanks to Cinema Treasures, I was able to find out about this place, and had the opportunity to attend there this evening. Wow. What a jewel! This is the best “divide the theater in half” project I’ve ever seen executed. In short, it was done right. Neon on the marquee, too. Very, very pleased to see this. I attended in the stadium theater, and it was just terrific. Ticket and refreshment prices were reasonably priced. One of the attendants claimed they served “real butter” on the popcorn, but it sure tasted like the fake stuff. That was the only (slight) bummer. But overall, an “A” and I’ll certainly be back to catch a few films per month. (As an aside, there is a great new restaurant directly across the street that serves terrific malts.) From my house to there is 20 miles each way, but in my book this is well worth it. I am SO done with those megaplexes!!

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fred1 on May 8, 2007 at 3:09 pm

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ACooke108 on July 17, 2007 at 9:05 pm

The original balcony was actually stadium seating at the rear of the orchestra.

shoeshoe14 on August 29, 2007 at 11:04 pm

There are 592 seats, not 610. I was there for a special screening last week of “Sidewalk Astronomer.” Wow. Spacious inside. Ticket booth is on the left and concessions in the lobby on the right. The stairwell in the middle has a bannister and a stairwell on both sides. A great carpeted foyer and very nice tiled bathrooms are present. There’s a large sitting area with 4 nice leather chairs and many bookshelves where one can read and there’s a fireplace as well.

The large theater on the right side has 350 seats and the balcony has 242 totalling 592. I counted each one after the event. The main theater is gorgeous and very spacious. The seats are comfortable but very squeaky. There’s a stage with the screen and steps leading up from each side for Q and A. The seats on both sides' cupholders angle slightly toward the center but the seats are forward. There’s little lights under each aisle chair (armrest) on both sides of the aisle of the left and right aisle of the theater.

Watercolor paintings on cancas (3 on each side) adorn both walls. They look like murals but aren’t upon closer inspection. There are 2 undrawn red curtains on each side of the paintings with a horizontal light above each painting (that stay on with the aisle lights during the movie). On each side of the proscenium are 3D pedestals that come out with a painting in each one and it’s shaped like a half oval.

You can see the projection booth with curtains drawn on both sides and can tell it was the balcony at one point.

Standing in the lobby to the left is the mini-theater that was the entire balcony but it’s just half of it. The curtain in front has pink insulation behind it. There are 6, (3 on each side) original circular metal cutouts depicting ancient scenes of Peter Pan. The black iron is quite thin upon touching it and the current owners added multicolor gels that go around all of each one. 1 is a horse and buggy, 2 is a couple in Victorian wear with a house in the background, 3 is a pirate ship with the sun in back, 4 is Peter and Wendy, 5 is two folks and 6 is a bunch of Lost Boys by the water’s edge.

shoeshoe14 on November 21, 2007 at 5:31 pm

Also known as TransLux Avon Theatre, TransLux Avon Twins Theatre and Crown Avon Twin.

First listed in the 1940 Stamford City Directory at current address. In 1964, it doesn’t list the Avon, but rather the Bedford Amusement Corporation at 276 Bedford. In 1981, it’s listed as TransLux Avon Theatre. In 1989, it’s the TransLux Avon Twins Theatre. The 1994/1995 Directory lists it as the Crown Avon Twin.

CinemAFuchs on February 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Outreach to Pets In Need, April 22, 2010
Fundraiser to Benefit Stamford Animal Care & Control

In addition to its creative programming and special guest events, the Avon Theatre Film Center also lends a helping hand to the community. Thank you!

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About OPIN
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Jim Vecchio
Jim Vecchio on July 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Last night I went to a showing of the Original 1953 “It Came From Outer Space” in 3D. What an experience! This has quickly become my favorite movie house in Connecticut. You won’t find this atmosphere in any shoebox cinema!

moviebuff82 on October 24, 2019 at 10:35 pm


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