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AVALON_200702_13.JPG: Stream now at theavalon.org
John Lewis Doc & Ella Fitzgrld
AVALON_200702_17.JPG: TEMPORARILY CLOSED
For the safety and health of our patrons and staff, in compliance with the March 13, 2020 order issued by the DC Department of Health, the Avalon is temporarily closed. For updates, visit theavalon.org
AVALON_200702_21.JPG: Stream the Audition
Always Sometime Nvr
AVALON_200702_24.JPG: An Important Note Regarding Coronavirus
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Description of Subject Matter: History
The Avalon Theatre has been a cornerstone of northwest Washington, D.C. since the theater opened in February 1923. In April 2003, the Avalon became a nonprofit theater operated by The Avalon Theatre Project. As an independent, nonprofit theater, the Avalon offers exciting and diverse programming that includes outstanding first-run commercial films, independent and foreign films, documentaries, film festivals, and special programs for families and seniors. The Avalon Café opened in April 2009 in one of the theater’s retail spaces and will enhance the movie-going experience with outstanding food and beverages.
The Early Years
The Avalon Theatre was originally named the Chevy Chase Theatre and was built to show the silent films of the time. The large auditorium seated 1,200 (it now seats 450), and musical accompaniment came from a large pipe organ. The theater would have had significantly greater seating capacity had plans for a balcony been completed. The second floor space was instead occupied for many years by the Chevy Chase School of Music and later a ballet studio. The theater was also flanked by two retail spaces that were rented to a variety of neighborhood businesses. After the advent of the “talkies”, the theater was “wired for sound” in 1929. The theater also became one of the Warner Brothers neighborhood theaters in 1929, and its name was changed to the Avalon.
The Avalon changed owners several times in the next eighty years, and the building was regularly renovated and redecorated. Some of the more significant architectural and structural changes included the installation of air conditioning in the late 1930’s, the construction in 1970 of a second 200 seat theater, Avalon 2, in the upstairs space that had been occupied by the dance studio, and the creation of the striking ceiling mural in the large auditorium in 1985. The last commercial owners declared bankruptcy in 2001, and they closed the theater and stripped the building of its seats and p ...More...
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2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 disaster cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. Here's hoping honesty and integrity wins for a change this November.