Avalon Theatre

SE 2nd Street,
Ava, MO 65608

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Opened as the Wilson Theatre in 1925. In 1938 it suffered a major fire and was rebuilt, reopening in 1939 as the Avalon Theatre, it was operated by the Pettit’s Theatres. It was closed in 1954. The theatre seated 280.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm

An article in the May, 1997, issue of the Douglas County Historical Society Journal (PDF here) says that the Wilson Theatre, located on the east side of the square, opened in 1925 and was originally operated by Henry S. Wilson and L. H. Pettit. A 1935 Sanborn map shows the theater in the second building south of Washington Street, which is currently occupied by a furniture store on the ground floor and the Ava Martial Arts Academy upstairs. The theater had a balcony.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 5, 2016 at 3:52 am

A timeline of Ava’s history that was published in the 2009 Chamber of Commerce Community Guide (large PDF here) gives additional information about this theater. It suffered a major fire in 1938, and was rebuilt and reopened the following year and renamed the Avalon. It closed in 1954.

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