Avalon Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Avalon Theatre

Address: 1500 Lake Street E
Neighborhood/s: Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1924
Major Alterations: Remodeled and enlarged, Perry Crosier, 1937 / renovated, Vincent James Assoc., 1997warning.png"Remodeled and enlarged, Perry Crosier, 1937 / renovated, Vincent James Assoc., 1997" is not in the list of possible values (Intact, Some/mostly intact, Altered, Significant Alterations, Alterations more apparent than original) for this property.
Current Function: Theater/concert hall
Architect or source of design: Ekman Holm and Co.

Powderhorn Park Minneapolis Hennepin County

Avalon Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota
(44.948361,-93.253703warning.png"44.948361.-93.253703" is not a number. )

The Avalon Theater reflects the evolution of movie theaters on Lake Street. Opened in 1937, this art-deco movie house's modern exterior boasted thousands of neon lights that attracted attention for miles. In the 1950's it morphed into the first European-art-film house, and a decade later, it became one of the first x-rated theaters in the Twin Cities. Since it's reopening in 1989 it has been the home to In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.


Memories and stories


I was born on March 12, 1939. The night before I was born my parents went to see "Gone With the Wind" at the Avalon Theater. On the way from our home at 2636 - 17th Avenue they stopped at Nolander's Department Store on 17th and Lake. where my mother wanted to buy some sewing supplies. She put her name in for a door prize that night and won a beautiful gold, red, and black tray with deer on it, which came with a pitcher and six glasses. The tray was in our family until I left home. Recently when I visited my niece's home I found out that she still has that tray.

As a child I went nearly every Saturday to the matinee double features at the Avalon. Before the movies we had yoyo contests on stage with prizes. In the late 1940s yoyo was a great pastime for children like us, as well as roller skating and biking.

Sometimes, much to my mother's dismay, I stayed after the whole afternoon of movies with cartoons to watch the evening feature film.

In recent years I have returned to the now Heart of the Beast Theater to see puppet theater. It is wonderful to see the theater of my youth returned to a place for such wholesome entertainment.



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Related Links

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
Interview with Sandy Spieler


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