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Avalon Movie Theater

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1938–1939, Frank J. Ujka, builder. 210 Towner Ave.

The Avalon is a good example of Art Deco theater design built in a small town during the Great Depression. The building is part of a vanishing genre of small-town movie houses. Art Deco elements are in the curved frame of the entrance doors that flank the ticket booth, the original angled marquee that dominates the facade, the incised chevron frieze, and interior patterning, fixtures, and seats. The building, which continues in use as a movie theater, was remodeled in 1988 to also accommodate choral and theatrical presentations. These changes included the addition of a stage, suspended stage lighting, and two dressing rooms connected to the stage by a tunnel.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Avalon Movie Theater", [Larimore, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 85-85.

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