The Avon. Looking Good at 80.

by Nick Molnar on August 15, 2006

Now that the other theater in downtown South Bend is well on its way to revival, we can focus on the Avon Theater at 319 South Michigan. It was originally called “The Strand” when built around 1926, and went through periods showing mainstream, art house and adult films. It ceased operations sometime in the 1970’s. The South Bend Civic Theater Group flirted with the Avon before settling on the Scottish Rite Building a few blocks to the North. The Avon Theater is still for sale by Downtown South Bend, Inc.

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Regina August 16, 2006 at 9:12 am

Cool. That’s some good research and history on that cinema site! It would be really cool rehabbed to an independent or foreign film theatre like the Vickers in Three Oaks.


Lisa August 21, 2006 at 4:06 pm

That is a great idea for the Avon Theater, South Bend/Mishawaka needs a site for independent and foreign movies. Now it just needs investors!


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