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Avalon Theatre - 2/4 Wurlitzer, Style 135A
Bellingham, Washington
Magnolia St.
 
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Avalon Theatre, c.1927
 
The Avalon opened in April 1926 and was built by Dr. Edward T. Mathes, President of the Washington State Normal School (now Western Washington University). The opening night organist was Ed Ahern.
 
The Avalon Theatre had a 2/4 Wurlitzer, Style 135A. This organ does not appear in the Judd Walton opus lists so it was most likely a transplant from another theatre.
 
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Avalon Theatre interior, date uknown. Courtesy Jeff Fox
 
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Avalon auditorium, date unknown. Note open balcony portals. Courtesy Jeff Fox
 
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Avalon Theatre entrance, May 8, 1932. Note also: Green Rooster "Malted Milk" Cafe.
 
From Jeff Fox, 1-10-05: "Marvin Fox (my uncle) - doorman and assistant manager at the Avalon (ran the place when Dr. Mathes went to Arizona due to health) and Archie Fox - my dad - Marvins brother - made the sign "Monkey Business." (shown in the foreground above, on the entrance awning). There was a small motor with a crankshaft that raised and lowered the Marx Bros. Harpo is see with a horn. Somehow they also had a small horn which would sound when Harpo appeared. I do not know what type of horn but I suspect it was electric, no air. Complaints from the Federal Building employees across the street made the horn effect short-lived."
 

Avalon Theatre "Programette" for March 12-30, 1933. Courtesy Jeff Fox.
 
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Avalon balcony, date unknown. Note in the balcony portals are now glassed in. After talkies were introduced, mothers with babies and small children could enjoy the show without disturbing the other patrons. Courtesy Jeff Fox.
 
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c.1946

The organ was installed in the right chamber. The left chamber contained heating equipment.
 

Street scene, c.1930s
 
The Avalon Theatre building still exists and is currently occupied by two retail stores.
 
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c.1953
 
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Avalon Theatre building, 2005. The only recognizable feature is the downspout on the left side of the building. Photo, Jeff Fox.


 
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Magnolia Street, late 1920's. Note original marquee style. Photo courtesy Jeff Fox.


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Avalon Theatre letterhead, c.1932, courtesy Jeff Fox


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