11022 Downey Avenue,
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Previous Names: Downey Theatre, Victory Theatre
Opened in 1922 as the Downey Theatre. It featured a beautiful arch on its brick facade. This was later hidden by a new facade. The theatre was equipped for live shows and has around 15 dressing rooms located beneath the stage.
It was later renamed Victory Theatre and on April 30 1949, it was renamed Avenue Theatre. Eventually by the 1970’s it was a second run movie theatre.
It was closed in 2004, and apart from occasional use for some b-movie shoots, it remained unused.
The Avenue Theatre was owned by the City of Downey who wanted to demolish the theatre and build condos and low rent housing on the site. Local citizens were opposed to these plans and would have liked to see the building restored for use as a classic movie venue, live performances and community events.
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