Avalon Theatre

2813 Boardwalk,
Avalon, NJ 08202

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The Avalon Theatre was located on the Avalon Pier in Avalon, NJ (Cape May County). More than three generations of visitors to this seaside resort came to what was the social center of the town. It was operated for most of its history by the Hunts Theatres of Wildwood, NJ. It opened on July 3, 1929.

The last movie shown in this theatre was “Hooper” starring Burt Reynolds on September 9, 1978 (9:00 PM show). The Pier was demolished in March of 1980.

Contributed by Dave Coskey

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 24, 2004 at 8:01 am

The Avalon had 585 seats, according to the 1949 Film Daily Year Book, which also describes the theatre as “seasonal,” probably meaning that it operated only during the summer months.

DianeTomlin
DianeTomlin on July 30, 2004 at 12:46 pm

The Avalon had a unique marketing strategy…every Thursday during the Summer the local kids would show up in the morning at the theatre and get a supply of “movie circulars” that they would distribute throught Avalon and the neighboring towns of Stone Harbor and Sea Isle City. Their “pay” for this was a weekly pass to the movies !!

teecee
teecee on February 26, 2006 at 4:20 pm

1964 program:

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teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 1:20 am

Listed as a J.H. Greenberg Theatre in the 1976 International Motion Picture Almanac.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 1:30 am

Listed as part of Hunt’s Theatres, Inc. in the 1970 FDY.

teecee
teecee on March 3, 2006 at 5:05 pm

Also listed as part of Hunt’s Theatres, Inc. in the 1976 International Motion Picture Almanac. Another multiple affiliation.

Nicholas1127
Nicholas1127 on December 16, 2006 at 2:49 pm

This location, 29th street at the Ocean, is now a building that houses three businesses… a pizza shop, arcade, and an ice cream shop.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 10, 2007 at 7:05 pm

This was a Milgram theater in 1967, per the FDY of that year.

stfarrel
stfarrel on November 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I worked there in 1969 and 1970. The theater was operated by Jack Greenberg in 1969 and he bought the pier and subleased operating the theater to Hunts in 1970. Part of my job as projectionist was to supervise the circular distribution on Thursday. Many of the distributors (they were paid in a 4 corner pass- see four movies, each time the doorman rips a corner) would just throw away the circulars and not distribute them, hence they needed supervision. Jack Greenberg booked the theater in 1969 (not Milgram during this time period) and Bud Gross Manager of the Harbor in Stone Harbor booked it for Hunt’s from 1970 onward…

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