11022 Downey Avenue,
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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.
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