Avon Theatre

869 Main Street,
Dubuque, IA 52001

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Previous Names: Princess Theatre

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Avon Theatre 1952. Photo courtesy of Americar The Beautiful FB page.

Opened in 1908 as the Princess Theatre. Later renamed Avon Theatre, it had seating for 550. The theatre closed sometime around 1955.

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kencmcintyre on January 9, 2007 at 3:56 pm

Stella and James Yiannias in 1942:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm

The February 16, 1957, issue of Boxoffice Magazine announced that Dubuque’s Avon Theatre had closed, and that demolition of the building would commence on April 1, to make way for a new J.C. Penney store.

The house was built in 1908 by William Bradley, and was opened as the Princess Theatre. After operating it for a year, Bradley leased the house to Harvey Fulton of the Standard Amusements Company. In 1916 it was taken over by James Yiannias, who operated it until it closed. In its final year, the Avon was open only three days a week. The Boxoffice article does not give the year in which the name was changed from Princess to Avon.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm

The Encyclopedia Dubuque says that the Princess Theatre was renamed the Avon Theatre in August, 1928. The web page has a drawing of the theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm

This page at Encyclopedia Dubuque says that the architect of the Princess Theatre was Thomas T. Carkeek. It, too, says that the theater was renamed the Avon in 1928, but it also displays a complimentary season pass to the Princess Theatre dated 1933.

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