Avalon Theatre (Portland, Oregon)

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Avalon Theatre
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The Avalon Theatre in 2011
Avalon Theatre (Portland, Oregon) is located in Portland, Oregon
Avalon Theatre (Portland, Oregon)
General information
Architectural styleArt Deco
LocationPortland, Oregon
Address3451 SE Belmont Street
CountryUnited States
Coordinates45°31′00″N 122°37′43″W / 45.5166°N 122.6285°W / 45.5166; -122.6285Coordinates: 45°31′00″N 122°37′43″W / 45.5166°N 122.6285°W / 45.5166; -122.6285

Avalon Theatre, established as the Sunnyside Theatre in 1912, is the oldest operating movie theater in Portland, Oregon, and is believed to be the state's oldest theater and the first with more than one screen.[1][2]


Located at the intersection of Southeast Belmont Street and 35th Avenue in the city's Sunnyside neighborhood, the location of the Avalon Theatre had been formerly used as a mortuary and later a brothel before being converted into a theatre in 1912, operating as the Sunnyside Theatre.[3]

Known for showing second-run films on two screens and for low prices, the theater has an Art Deco design but Avalon's main feature is its classic nickel arcade, which was established in conjunction with the theatre in 1925.[4] The establishment is operated by McKee Enterprises, who own the Wunderland arcade company which operates at the theatre.[2] John McKee purchased the Avalon in 1964, and became the first cinema in Portland to operate with multiple screens.[5]

In 2008, Portland Monthly named the Avalon the "Best Way to Stretch a Dollar" on their "Best of the City" list.[6]

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  1. ^ Lacher, Gary; Stone, Steve (2009). Theatres of Portland. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 99, 100.
  2. ^ a b Smith, Quinton (January 20, 2011). "Gresham Cinema & Wunderland Electric Castle, a new arcade and theater, expands family-oriented entertainment options in Gresham". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  3. ^ Lundberg, Laura. "Avalon Nickel Arcade Keeps Old School Entertainment Alive in Portland". Flux. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  4. ^ Beck, Katie (February 7, 2011). "Portland, Oregon's Art Deco movie houses". BBC. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  5. ^ Sanford, Tim (April 27, 2010). "John McKee, Gameroom And Theater Pioneer From Ore., Dies At 70". Vending Times. Retrieved November 22, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Barker, Brian. "Best of the City 2008". Portland Monthly. Portland, Oregon. p. 5. Archived from the original on 2011-04-30. Retrieved April 13, 2011.

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