AVON Theater sign renovation first step in Avondale program
by David Madrid – May. 22, 2010 08:00 AM
The Arizona Republic
As part of a Western Avenue renovation program, Old Town Avondale will see its original theater sign resurrected.
The existing Schneider Theater building was originally called the AVON Theater. It opened in July 1946 and was used as a movie theater for nearly eight years until April 1954.
“Interestingly enough, the owner at the time cited the changes in technology for movies and the inability on his part to keep up with (the changes, as a reason) to turn the building into a more standard retail building,” said Ken Galica, a planner with the city’s Development Services Department. “For the most part, the building looks very similar to what it did back then.”
Galica recently asked the City Council to bestow a classic-sign designation on the theater so the sign could be renovated and restored.