Park Theatre

71 Genesee Street,
Avon, NY 14414

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Avon Park Theater

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A small village theatre located on the village square. Plain outside and inside but it had a comfortable feel to it. The theatre had some nice gumwood trim and entry doors. The woman who owned and ran it for the last six years kept it clean and tidy. It had sort of a homey atmosphere and we enjoyed seeing “Secondhand Lions” on its quite acceptable size screen. There were tables and chairs in the lobby area where you could sit and have coffee before the movie started.

“I knew of this theatre for 15 or more years. I’d always pass through the village at the wrong time of day and the theatre was always closed. A couple of years ago I passed through the village and I noticed a sign on the marquee advertising an auction two nights a week. I presumed the theatre had closed and become an auction house but this was not the case.

I found out later the theatre operated only on weekends and only in the winter — yes, the winter. When driving through the village in October, I noticed a for sale sign on the building, so naturally I called. Here’s what $74,900 buys in a small New York village. A theatre building containing the following: a 200 seat movie theatre, two small store fronts and a small second floor apartment. Unfortuately, there’s a 3 screen drive-in in the same village —this explains the summer shutdowns. The approx. 10 plex fifteen minutes away doesn’t help either.

We decided to check it out anyway. On a Saturday night in November of 2003 we and 12 others watched “Secondhand Lions”. The theatre wasn’t for me but would have been great for a retired person who dreamed of owning a theatre. Live in the apartment, try to rent the small store fronts and with luck make enough to pay the utilities and taxes. I thought, however, maybe I should submit this to Cinema Treasures to list in the theatres for sale section.

Here’s were the tragic part comes in. A business man who restores antique cars wanted the theatre for storage and made a verbal offer to the owner at slightly under asking price. The owner gave a verbal acceptance. The very next day an offer was made through the listing agent a full asking price by people who were going to keep the theatre open. Unfortunately, the verbal offer was binding and Avon has lost its theatre."

Contributed by Richard Grows

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david williams
david williams on June 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Hi All:

Back in April ‘markme’ asked to send him a pic of the ‘old’ Avon Theatre that I have. He said he would post it. I gladly scanned it and sent it off to him back then. I haven’t seen it posted here yet. When I emailed a few weeks later, he said he’d been busy.
I just want y'all to know that I sent it to him back then, and it is not me! Dave W>

markmc
markmc on June 25, 2011 at 7:09 am

The photo has been posted on here for a while, it is listed in the “Photos” tab up top, enjoy, it’s a pretty cool picture from times past, MJM

Patsy
Patsy on June 25, 2011 at 7:28 am

Yes, a very cool picture from times past!

david williams
david williams on June 25, 2011 at 10:19 am

I really want to apologize to markmc. I did not know about that ‘photos click-on feature’ on the pages, and thought only that the initial page had the photo(s). I am glad to know about it, now I will enjoy checking to see what other phtotos show for theatres I like.
Thank you Mark! Dave W>

markmc
markmc on June 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm

No need to apologize, no offense taken, best wishes, MJM

bobbyd
bobbyd on June 3, 2017 at 8:18 pm

An effort has started again to save this theater. Please sign the petition. https://www.change.org/p/save-the-park-theater?recruiter=9020601&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=des-md-google-no_msg

markmc
markmc on June 4, 2017 at 8:03 am

Hi Bobby, good to hear there is activity again with this, I would be more than happy to assist in any manner to get some momentum going again, I checked the petition and it says its closed now for signing, if you communicate with Ann Younger, please let her know, and plz keep me posted, thanks!

bobbyd
bobbyd on June 7, 2017 at 2:46 pm

The Petition was closed online. An effort to gain signatures locally on paper is underway. A recent walk through has been done by Ann. She also has met with a county representative who works on Main street revitalization.

markmc
markmc on June 7, 2017 at 6:47 pm

Thats great news, please keep me posted, and let me know if I can assist in any way!

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