Avondale Towne Cinema is closing, but there’s interest in reopening the spaceFisher Paty, with Oakhurst Realty Partners, stands beneath the marquee at Towne Cinema. File photo by Dan Whisenhunt
Avondale Estates Towne Cinema will close its doors on Dec. 15, but there’s another party interested in renting the space and operating it as a theater.
In a Nov. 24 Facebook post, Towne Cinema said it had decided to call it quits after a few years of trying to make the space profitable.
“Our landlords were great in helping make this successful but they could not back us anymore and are working on someone else coming into the space,” the post says.
The owner, Fisher Paty, could not identify the potential tenant but said plan would be to use it as a theater.
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.