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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GaryCohen on January 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm

I went to the Avalon several times during the 1970s. It was a fairly nice theater, but never drew the big crowds as the Kingsway did, 5 or 6 blocks away. I think I might have seen Clint Eastwood in “The Enforcer” there and I sort of remember being dragged to see Streisand in “A Star is Born” (Ugh) I do clearly remember seeing films there that were good, but not particularly successful: Charles Bronson in “Breakheart Pass,” Roger Moore in “Ffolkes” and Sean Connery in “The Great Train Robbery” in 1980 (which might have been the last film I saw there.)

PHILTK on February 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I was surprized to see that this theatre opened back in 1928. When i went there back in the 70s it looked a lot newer then most of the other brooklyn theatres that i used to go to.

BrooklynNative on May 22, 2012 at 11:26 am

My grandfather used to own the doughut shop across the street. We kept them neck deep in doughnuts in exchange for seeing whatever was running at the time. I think I saw Star Wars there. Also Towering Inferno. Many years later I wound up having one of my first jobs as a stock boy in the Pathmark Drug Store that took the place of the movie theater.

BrooklynNative on May 22, 2012 at 11:26 am

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 3:40 pm

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

MikeeV on December 7, 2013 at 4:26 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 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm

The Big Circus was released in 1059.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 8, 2013 at 6:22 pm

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

robboehm on December 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

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

robboehm on December 8, 2013 at 10:16 pm

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.

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