Park Theatre

71 Genesee Street,
Avon, NY 14414

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markmc
markmc on June 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm

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

PaperMemories
PaperMemories on June 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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>

Patsy
Patsy on June 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Yes, a very cool picture from times past!

markmc
markmc on June 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

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

PaperMemories
PaperMemories on June 17, 2011 at 2:14 am

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>

Patsy
Patsy on April 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm

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.

markmc
markmc on April 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Hi Dave W, thanks for dropping us a line, I am on the Park Theatre committee, and I know everyone would be very interested in seeing your picture “treasure”, please send to me via Email – .com – and I will be sure to get it posted for you,P.S> I think the building the current Park theatre is currently in was built in the 30’s, and I thought I remember hearing at a metting that it was named in memory of an earlier theatre in Avon, I am thinking that is the theatre that you have pictures of, very cool either was – good history of the town, and the theatre(s), Thanks again, MJM

PaperMemories
PaperMemories on April 25, 2011 at 6:40 am

I have an original 1913-1914 post card view of the Park Theatre in Avon, NY. The year is based on the movie poster in front for “White Vacquero”, which was introduced in 1913.
It may, or may not, be the same building as is there today, since it appears to be a 2-story (unsure because it shows the theatre building only, which is different than it looks today.
I would post a jpeg link here if I knew how, but have no idea how to do so.
Dave W>

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on September 13, 2010 at 4:52 pm

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

Patsy
Patsy on August 19, 2010 at 9:13 pm

MJM: Sounds good…congrats and good luck. I hope to visit your community and maybe attend the upcoming September meeting.

markmc
markmc on August 19, 2010 at 7:07 pm

The official “ AvonParkTheatre.com” website is now up, with a temporary “Under Construction” front Page, Nice :–) P.S> If we setup a Non-Profit Account #, then we can utilize PayPal (electronic payments like VISA , etc.)so people can make donations with automatic deposit capabilities to our cause. MJM

bobbyd
bobbyd on August 19, 2010 at 3:47 pm

We have a facebook Page set-up and MJM has offered to work on a website for us. We had 20 people sign up at The Corn fest… one of which is an Architectual Professor at SUNY Alfred.

Patsy
Patsy on August 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Bob: I have a former h.s. classmate who lives near Avon so I sent her this CT site and will let her know about the meeting at the village hall. Her name is Sandy.

bobbyd
bobbyd on August 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm

A meeting is scheduled September 16, 7pm at The Avon Village Hall.

markmc
markmc on August 18, 2010 at 1:51 am

That is great news, I am very interested in helping, I have sent you an Email Bob, Thx! MJM

bobbyd
bobbyd on August 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I’m an Avon resident. Paul Brown is spearheading an effort to set-up a Not-for-profit organization to purchase, restore and use the theater. He worked on the Smith Opera House project in Geneva, NY. He set-up in front of the Theater during the Avon Corn festival last weekend passing out info and having people sign up to help. The marquee had “Opening Soon” on it as well! A September meeting is going to be scheduled. Please e-mail me if you are interested in helping: The owner is working with Paul. He still has the seats and equipment.

Patsy
Patsy on June 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm

MJM: Nice to know that you live in Avon and can give us updated reports. BTW, my email is if you wish to chat about the Park. In the meantime, I haven’t heard back from a former classmate about the theatre. It would be interesting to learn what happened to the seats. I know that the Hollywood Theatre in Gowanda NY is being restored and those seats are being redone by local prisoners or so the story goes.

markmc
markmc on June 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I do actually live in Avon, and it caught my eye recently, I thought what a precious piece of history to save, if possible, for a small village like ours. I am a big fan of movies. I did some digging around town, and found out that it appears the owner of the theatre is still the antique car gentleman. I peeked in the windows and it looks a bit dusty and untouched. Someone told me they heard the seats have been removed from the theatre but didn’t know what happened to them, or where they might be. If I hear anything else I will update you. I would love to head up a non-profit movement to restore it to original condition. take care, MJM

Patsy
Patsy on June 10, 2010 at 6:43 pm

MJM: The tragic, but historical part of the story for this theatre was included at the top of this link when this theatre was first posted by Richard Grow. Perhaps he will be able to give a current update and tell us that the theatre is again…a theatre.

Patsy
Patsy on June 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm

MJM: The person who would probably be able to tell you about the current status of this theater is no longer a member so perhaps someone will post some continued information. I do have a former classmate who lives in Avon so she might be able to shed some light….stay tuned.

markmc
markmc on June 10, 2010 at 6:27 pm

If anyone knows the current status of this theatre, please let me know, thx, MJM

Patsy
Patsy on August 28, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Lost: Thanks for the photo…haven’t heard from you so nice to see your post on this theatre in Avon NY that was of interest to me.

Patsy
Patsy on August 16, 2009 at 3:50 am

After reading the story on this theatre it is sad to learn that Avon has lost its cinema treasure to a verbal offer that was slightly under the asking price in the first place to a man who wanted it for storage!

DonLewis
DonLewis on October 8, 2008 at 4:49 am

A September 2008 view of the Park Theater in Avon. Another view here and here. Although a “Platinum Classic Motorcars” banner is displayed in the window, to the owner’s credit the outward appearance of the theater has been maintained and it has not been turned into a parking lot (yet).