Avon Theatre

193 Clinton Street,
Binghamton, NY 19305

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The Hider Theatre on Clinton Street was opened by the Hider Brothers in 1916. There is some evidence that after a strong start the the theatre went into decline as ownership changed to John Kozak (the theatre was the only one cited during fire inspections in 1928, and a film in fact did catch fire in 1929, damaging the projection booth). Kozak had his own problems; his wife was arrested for his daughter to prevent her from getting married in 1928!

Bygone Binghamton indicates the Hider Theatre evolved from an earlier theatre called the Avon Theatre, but the reverse appears to be true, as the Hider Brothers announced the opening of the theatre in a 1916 brochure and advertisements for the Avon Theatre appear in the Press throughout the early-1930’s, until about 1934. The Avon Theatre advertisements are the smallest in the paper and the theatre appears to have been the absolute bottom of the local pecking order. There were advertisements for live performances as well as movies during this time, seemingly along the lines of local talent shows.

193 Clinton Street is consistently given as the address at the beginning of the theater’s existence; the Press in 1929 gives the address as being 227 Clinton Street. Bygone Binghamton gives the address as “193, then 231 Clinton Street”. Whether the theatre had two locations or it is just a confusion resulting from the street renumbering that took place in Binghamton around that time, the answer is the same: the Hider/Avon Theatre is now a parking lot.

Contributed by Adam Marsland
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