Avon Theater

2204 SW. Adams Street,
Peoria, IL 61602

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Avon Theater, Peoria, IL

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This theater originally opened as the Imperial Theater in 1914. It was remodeled in 1937, and renamed the Avon Theater. It closed on April 18, 1956.

It was later reopened and by the 1970’s, was known as the Circus Theater. It it closed and remained vacant for many years, eventually being demolished.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 29, 2006 at 1:53 am

The Imperial Theater opened in 1914 and closed in the early 1930’s. It had a stage house to accomodate vaudeville acts in the early days.

It was re-modeled and re-opened in 1937 as the Avon Theater which closed on April 18 1956. The seating capacity given in 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook is 850.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 29, 2008 at 8:56 pm

There is an interesting recap of Peoria theaters on this page:
http://tinyurl.com/26ehdj

JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on January 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Here’s a vintage shot of the Avon:

View link

I recently took a photo of the building in it’s current state and will be posting it here soon.

JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on February 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Here’s a shot of the Avon in it’s current state:

The roof is giving out and it’s scheduled for demolition any day now.

Patsy
Patsy on February 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Such a shame to see this theatre in such a state of neglect now!

JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on February 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

You have no idea … I was able to peek in the front window only to see sunlight shining through big holes in the roof. The interior is totally gutted, there’s not a single feature of it’s former glory left

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm

But will it play in Peoria?

JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on February 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

That at this (former) theater, it won’t.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on September 22, 2010 at 5:54 am

Address and ZIP need to be changed to:

2204 SW. Adams Street, Peoria, IL 61602 United States

Allen_Abel
Allen_Abel on January 3, 2012 at 3:24 am

You can mark this one as demolished.

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