Avalon Theatre

1720 Kings Highway,
Brooklyn, NY 11229

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Avalon Theatre

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Originally conceived as the Piccadilly Theatre, the Avalon Theatre was built by Loew’s Inc, and opened on January 25, 1928. It was equipped with a Robert Morton theatre organ. Within a year of opening, it became part of the Century Theaters circuit.

The Avalon Theatre was closed in 1982.

Contributed by William Gabel

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BrooklynNative on May 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Also, when it was the Avalon, there used to be a florist shop on the corner of the building.

Bway on April 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Does anyone know if any of the theater’s ornamentation remains inside in the drug store.

MikeeV on December 7, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I was 17 and a senior at JMHS. My first job was as an usher at the Avalon. What a great experience… having the opportunity to view parts of the theatre not seen by the average patron. I visited, on a weekly basis, the projection room (great view of what action was taking place, not on the screen, but in the balcony), back stage with the original lighting controls for the “house”, the fan room that was converted to air conditioning,and walking the “cat walk” in the hanging cealing which is the way we changed the bulbs in the overhead lighting. The theatre, end to end, was just plain beautiful.. What year did I work at the Avalon? The first picture playing there when I started was “The Big Circus” I think it important to mention that the theatre manager, Mr. Bob Albino, was a mentor and roll model for all the kids that were employed there. He established the work ethics that stayed with me throughout my working career… and they served me well. Thank you Mr. Albino

robboehm on December 8, 2013 at 12:11 am

The Big Circus was released in 1059.

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Mike (saps) on December 8, 2013 at 11:22 pm

1059? Was it a silent movie? Illuminated? Starring The Byzantines and the Saxons? And directed by the pope in Rome?

robboehm on December 9, 2013 at 3:07 am

Filmed on location in the Coliseum I believe Urban was the Pope at that time. Nay. Just a typo 1959.

robboehm on December 9, 2013 at 3:16 am

The more I read the headings on these theaters the “curioser” the owner/management relationships seem. Loew’s builds theaters that go Century. Century builds and leases to Loew’s. And, oddly, before the Almi-Century and RKO Century Warner, Loew’s was trying to buy Century. Dentury built the Suffolk and it went to Prudential. Prudential built the Huntington Station and it went to Century. Calderone built and leased to Skouras and Century. Etc., etc.

Bobcorn on August 3, 2014 at 9:45 pm

I would be grateful for clarification of the relationship between Century Theaters and Loew’s Inc. In the 40s the Avalon was the venue for MGM movies, and the Kingsway for 20th Century Fox. These weren’t exclusive but you would know where to find Judy Garland and where to find Tyrone Power. The distribution link was clear. Is there a source for photographs of the interior? Thanks, Bob Cornfield

robboehm on August 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Century built the Prospect in Flushing and leased it to Loew’s. Loew’s built the Manor in Brooklyn and leased it to Century who renamed it Vogue. Century also built the Merrick in Jamaica and leased it to Skouras, and, goodness knows, what else between which parties. The Propect returned as Century after the breakup of Loew’s and the Merrick also. Then there is the matter of the Century castoffs that became Springer. Springer, supposedly, an in law of Al Schwartz the founder. If you look extensively on CT you will also see a number of other theatres built by Century, not only the Suffolk in Riverhead mentioned in my December 8, 2013. comment.

Then there is the Century Skouras relationship where advertisements list certain theatres under both names while, elsewhere on the same page, there are venues just listed as Century. Subsequently, the “joint” theatres are either or.

rondanto on August 20, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Flatbush Ave in the 50’s & 60’s was like Broadway to me with all the theaters. Sometimes We’d walk to each one to see what future attractions were coming. My favorite was Loew’s Kings. Remember seeing “ King of Kings” there on Holy Thursday ,April 1962

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