Towne Cinema in Avondale installing a new roof
Avondale’s historic Towne Cinema building got a new lease on life this year when it reopened as a music venue under the ownership of Tony Longval.
The building is also getting a new roof. Work on the roof apparently caused the venue to close on Monday, according to the Towne Cinema Instagram account.
“The Towne Cinema will be closed this evening due to the roof not being complete and the very cold temperatures inside,” the post says. “Sorry for the inconvenience.”
Longval told Decaturish on Tuesday that work is nearly complete.
“Everything is normal on putting a new roof on the building,” Longval said. “It will be completed on the Cinema side today. Our Tuesday Improv is on schedule for tonight at 8 p.m.”
The cinema was constructed in the 1920s and served as Avondale Estates’ post office and city hall. It became the Avondale Theatre 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 restaurant and as a private residence. The balcony at some point was closed off from the theater and the projector room was modified to include a kitchen and bathroom.
Prior to Longval taking it over, the space was used as a recording studio.