Avon Theatre

3327 W. Fullerton Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60647

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Avon Theatre

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This Logan Square neighborhood theater, which opened in 1914, could seat just over 800. It was originally built for the Lynch circuit, and was located on Fullerton Avenue between Kimball and Spaulding Avenues.

During the 60s and into the 70s, the Avon screened Greek-language films. The Avon returned to second-run films around the late 70s, and closed by the mid-1980s.

The former theater has served for many years as a church.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Ray Martinez

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 18, 2005 at 7:04 pm

I am reasonably certain that I saw ads for the Avon well into the 80’s. This is vague recollection…but I think the ads went away around ‘83-'84.

From the look of the building, it wasn’t a very lavish cinema.

Broan
Broan on December 4, 2006 at 2:39 am

Here are photos of this theater.

GFeret
GFeret on January 9, 2007 at 4:20 pm

Yes AVON had advertised sub-runs in the late 70’s-early ‘80’s; it was the only time(s) I was there myself although I can’t remember a single films’ name. Overall it wasn’t a remarkable venue.

ctd
ctd on April 16, 2007 at 1:46 pm

I only saw a few movies at the Avon. My most vivid memory about was from ‘79, when “The Warriors” played there. Apparently, two local rival gangs went to see the film on the first night and someone got shot.

I don’t know if it was true or an urban legend, but my family and I stopped going to the Avon after that.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 23, 2007 at 4:42 am

I can’t tell from looking at it what might be left inside.

The vertical sign frame remained for many years after it closed as a cinema. I suppose they left it there until it became unsafe and they had to spend the money to have it removed.

Broan
Broan on June 23, 2007 at 2:25 pm

Actually I visited the church not long ago. The interior’s been divided up a lot; it’s more a community center in plan. The church area itself is actually a gymnasium, the main theater feature remaining is the ceiling. Cool church, too.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm

80’s photo of the Avon here:

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm

This is a website for one of the organizations in the building:
http://www.innercityimpact.org/

matthew1964
matthew1964 on July 31, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Hey thanks ,,life to short ,, i liked the photo,,i remember being at the avon to see those movies that week in july in 1982 me and my ,,we always went to the avon or the logan, every week ,,most of the time they ran very cheezy movies ,,like ,venum,and frogs,i saw them both on the same bill at the avon,,

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