308 Fourth Ave E|
|Record #25031 |
Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Architect(s): Franklin Cox Stanton
Architectural Style(s): Spanish
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: |
Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Layton.
Thursday April 26, 1928 Theater opens for business with it's first movie being "The Winning of Barbara Worth" starring Ronald Colman & Vilma Banky. Admission was just 25 cents for adults. The building architects were F.C. Stanton and Joseph Wohleb.
1932 Local theater impressario W.B. "Mac" MacDonald buys the Avalon Theater building & business from Rolla Duncan. Mac MacDonald continues to own it up until 1985 and maintained an office there.
October 1936 Theater gets a major remodel by the B.F. Shearer Company (theater supplier) of Seattle. Seating capacity was 600 in the then brand new Heywood-Wakefield chairs. The sound system gets upgraded with the installation of an RCA "Photophone" sound system (with MI-1040 soundheads).
November 1947 Theater gets another major remodel by the B.F. Shearer Company of Seattle.
Sunday June 1, 1952 Theater closes. Last movies were "Ma and Pa Kettle At the Fair" and "The Magic Carpet" with a Tom & Jerry cartoon. Building sat vacant for 3 years and was converted for retail storefront use.
1955-1962 building was used as Selden's Rugs & Carpets
1963-1966 building vacant
1967-1977 Building was used as the office for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
1977-1992 use unknown
1993-present Building used as Griswold's Office Supplies store
July 31, 2004 Building gutted by fire
2007 The building has been sold and is to be torn down and replaced with condos
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