Avenue Theatre

11022 Downey Avenue,
Downey, CA 90241

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Avenue Theatre

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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 theatre was equipped for live shows and has around 15 dressing rooms located beneath the stage.

It was later renamed Victory Theatre and in 1949, it was renamed Avenue Theatre. Eventually by the 1970’s it was a second run movie theatre.

It was closed in 2003, 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.

Contributed by William Gabel, Ken Roe

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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 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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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 on October 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm

sign our petition to save the Avenue Theater here.


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 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 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.

hsurguine on December 29, 2014 at 6:06 am

Sorry, It hasn’t been torn down yet. The Meralta has been, but the Avenue still exists. Are you certain about the dates? I worked in the Meralta, and can confirm it was an old Vaudville Theater. But I can’t say for the Avenue Theater…`

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2014 at 10:53 am

The Avenue Theatre was certainly still there when Google’s camera car last passed by. The marquee remains over the former theater entrance, and you can see the back wall of the auditorium with its two emergency exit doors on the south side of Third Street.

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