11022 Downey Avenue,
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Opened in 1922 as the Downey Theatre. It featured a beautiful arch on its brick facade. This is still in situ, but has been hidden by the current facade. The theater was equipped for live shows and has around 15 dressing rooms located beneath the stage.
It was later renamed Victory Theater and in 1949, it was renamed Avenue Theater. Eventually by the 1970’s it was a second run movie theater.
It was closed in 2003, and apart from occasional use for some b-movie shoots, has remained unused.
The Avenue Theater is now owned by the City of Downey who want to demolish the theater and build condos and low rent housing on the site. Local citizens are opposed to these plans and would like to see the building restored for use as a classic movie venue, live performances and community events.
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