Avenue Theatre

11022 Downey Avenue,
Downey, CA 90241

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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 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, it remained unused.

The Avenue Theater was owned by the City of Downey who wanted to demolish the theater 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. Sadly it was demolished and a pre-school and a bank were built on the site.

Contributed by William Gabel, Ken Roe

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retrocool
retrocool on January 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Hi everyone, There will be a meeting tomorrow night 1-6-09 at the Downey City Library to here public input on what should be done with the old Avenue Theater site. Here is the link to the Downey Patriot with all the info. Hope to see some of you there.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 10, 2009 at 7:46 pm

The name change from Downey Theatre to Avenue Theatre took place in 1949. The April 16 issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that the Cummings circuit would spend $200,000 on remodeling its Victory and Meralta Theatres, and that the Victory would be renamed the Avenue.

drb
drb on April 24, 2009 at 11:17 pm

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which has a link to this petition to save the Avenue Theatre:

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Here is a 1946 ad for the Victory Theater.

richjr37
richjr37 on November 14, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Saw “Dog Day Afternoon” & “The Happy Hooker” here in 1975,I was only 6 years old at the time.

retrcool
retrcool on October 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm

sign our petition to save the Avenue Theater here.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/save-the-historic-avenue-theater-in-downey-california/

Bridgette
Bridgette on February 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Saw “The Little Shop Of Horrors” and “The Garbage Pail Kids” here around 1986 or so when I was 5. :)

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on February 3, 2012 at 11:57 am

Saw Body Heat around 1981 at the Avenue. It was a good alternative to the shoebox mutiplexes of that time.

richjr37
richjr37 on July 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm

A pre-school and an adjoining(via shared parking lot in the middle)US Bank office now sit where the Avenue Theatre was.

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