Avondale Towne Cinema announces it is closingFisher Paty, with Oakhurst Realty Partners, looks out the window of the projector room of the Towne Cinema in Avondale Estates. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt
Avondale Estates Towne Cinema announced via social media that it is closing its doors.
A Facebook post published on Saturday, Nov. 24, says:
We have enjoyed spending the past four years getting to know all of you and being a part of your special moments. Unfortunately we will be closing our doors on 12/15.
We will be open usual hours today until we close so please stop by and help us say goodbye. We have a great show tonight so come show them some love!
Thanks to all of our friends and neighbors for some incredible moments and a heck of a ride.
Decaturish left a message with the owner of Towne Cinema and the owner of the building seeking comment.
Tony Longval, a roadie turned entrepreneur, reopened the historic Towne Cinema building in 2015.
Longval has worked in the music business for decades and before opening Towne Cinema worked as drum tech and “merch guy” for the band Sister Hazel.
The cinema was constructed in 1925 and served as Avondale Estates post office and city hall. It became the Avondale Theater in 1938. According to some research provided by the building’s owner, the 500 seat theater entertained audiences with wrestling, boxing and, of course movies.
Over the years, it’s been used as a private residence. Before reopening in 2015, it had been most recently used as the Nickel & Dime Recording Studio. Legend has it that Elvis Presley performed at the theater it its heyday.