Park Theatre

71 Genesee Street,
Avon, NY 14414

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Avon Park Theater

Located in the heart of the village of Avon, NY. The Park Theatre opened with great fanfare on July 20, 1938. It replaced the ‘first’ 250-seat Park Theatre built in 1912 across the street (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures). The Park Theatre originally had over 400-seats and would show 6-8 different movies per week. Open every day of the week, there would be 2-3 movies on Sunday & Monday, another two movies on Tuesday thru Thursday and another 2-3 movies Friday & Satuday. The movies were an escape from the drudgery of everyday life during the Depression and World War II.

In 1946, Kallet Theatres signed a 15 years lease and took over the management of the Park Theatre. Being part of a chain, it was much easier to obtain first run movies. By 1960, small town, single screen movie theatres were often abandoned as television had become a mainstay in people’s homes. The daughter of the original owner sold the building to the Avalon VFW. The VFW intended to use the building as their meeting hall, but the community begged them to keep it as a movie theatre. The VFW reopened the theatre in 1965, and ran it for the next 30 years. Two other owners tried to run it from 1996 until 2003, when it was sold. The owner used the building for storage. In July of 2018, 80 years after the ‘new’ Park Theatre opened, it was sold yet again.

The new owner is renovating the theatre to a more multi-use layout. The plan is to show independent and classic movies, with a concession selling some more unique, upscale offerings. The theatre will also be rented for parties, private screenings and corporate events.

Contributed by AnnY

Recent comments (view all 27 comments)

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on September 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

Can anyone speak to the interior condition of the theater? Photos?

Patsy
Patsy on April 26, 2011 at 6:18 am

Would love to see vintage photos of this theatre at both locations in Avon. Did it ever have a vitrolite exterior of that era? Vitrolite were colored glass panels and the term can be found via a Google search.

Bob D'Angelo
Bob D'Angelo 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!

Bob D'Angelo
Bob D'Angelo 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!

Bob D'Angelo
Bob D'Angelo on July 29, 2018 at 1:05 pm

The Park Theater in Avon has a new owner and vision. The Theater celebrates it’s 80th birthday on 7/30/18. It’s opening day was celebrated with a parade in the village in1938. The theater was one of the first in the Rochester area to have Air Conditioning. A Main St and restore NY grants have been secured. Restoration will begin soon.

Patsy
Patsy on November 10, 2019 at 11:02 am

Welcome to CT. I think whoever added this theatre wrote the historical piece. Not sure if it can be or should be changed though you certainly can add current information in your posts going forward.

Bob D'Angelo
Bob D'Angelo on November 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm

I just added pictures of marquee with neon restoration.

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