Avon Theatre

3136 Reading Road,
Cincinnati, OH 45229

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Architects: Ed P. Lipson

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Avon Theatre

The Avon Theatre was opened on November 24, 1938. Seating was initially planned for 662-seats. It was operated by Jackson Theatres. It was closed on January 10, 1957.

In the 1960’s it became a church (Church of the Lord Jesus Christ). The building was vacant in 2016 and was demolished in May 2018.

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Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on November 11, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Traffic was terrible on Reading Road near the Avon due to road construction. I’ll get back another time, but these will at least give you an idea what the Avon looks like today. It’s for sale and appears empty, but still has some interesting features.
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hanksykes on December 16, 2009 at 9:41 pm

I believe this structure became a church at one time.

hanksykes on January 20, 2010 at 12:21 am

Avon was built in 1940 and closed in 1956,it seated 500-to 600 depending on which source is used. Its first owner was Ival Gooman,sometime in the 1960’s it became a Church Of God building.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 24, 2016 at 2:44 am

A May, 1939, program from the Avon Theatre can be seen on this web page. The page also has a recipe for Cincinnati chili (it has spaghetti in it, a Cincinnati tradition.)

The program has a line reading “A Jackson Theatre” suggesting that it might have been owned by Jerome M. Jackson, a pioneer Cincinnati exhibitor. His obituary in the April 24, 1943, issue of The Billboard said that at the time of his death he owned the Jackson and Lookout Theatres, and served as manager of the Taft Theatre. Earlier in has career he had operated the Lyric Theatre and the Grand Opera House.

An earlier Avon Theatre was listed in a 1910 city directory as being on the north side of Rockdale Avenue off of Reading Road. Rockdale Avenue is several blocks north of the later Avon Theatre.

hanksykes on July 26, 2016 at 12:45 am

Jackson also built the Gifts th. and the Avon still sits vacant today

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 10, 2022 at 11:42 pm

The drawing of the proposed Avon Theatre is signed by E. P. Lipson. This must have been Ed Lipson (I’ve been unable to discover if his first name was Edward or Edwin,) partner in the firm of Lipson & Wallace (Robert W. Wallace.) There is very little about them on the Internet, but the firm was still in operation in the late 1950s when Lipson’s son Alvin (born 1936) joined for a few years before becoming a developer.

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