GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—Sept. 12, 2014—The historic Avalon Theatre, which has been the cornerstone of downtown Grand Junction at 7th and Main Street for the past 90 years, has recently completed a $9.65 million renovation that ensures its position as one of the premier performing arts venues in Western Colorado for years to come.
Originally built by local publishing giant Walter Walker in 1923 for the residents of Grand Junction, the Avalon Theatre was a major stop for acts traveling from Denver to Salt Lake City. Performers from Al Joplin to Pat Benatar have graced its floor boards; dance performances, symphonies, plays, operas, and movies also take place at the theater. The Avalon is the only performing arts venue of its kind in the region and the renovations will allow for additional cultural experiences to take place in this unique theatre.
“The $9.65 million dollar project has been completed on budget and on time,” said Debbie Kovalik, department director for the Avalon Theatre with the City of Grand Junction. “We look forward to cutting the film (aka ribbon) in front of the Avalon Theatre Cornerstone Project on Wednesday, September 17 beginning at 10:30am and then letting everyone come experience the entire project until 7pm.”
Highlights of the renovation include:
- New seating: the Avalon will expand from 900 to a capacity of 1090 seats, allowing for larger audiences.
- Acoustic and digital audio/visual improvements: these improvements will not only allow the space to host larger acts, but will also make the Avalon a state of the art performance venue.
- The addition of a multi-purpose room: the Encore Hall will offer a smaller space for meetings and presentations without tying up the large performance area. The hall will accommodate the showing of smaller films and also provide excellent space for local groups to use.
- ADA: Updates to the theatre’s ADA compliance, which includes a patron elevator and hearing loop will provide improvements to every guest’s experience at the Avalon.
- New rooftop terrace: the rooftop will be able to host a variety of events such as receptions and weddings; catering services will make this a desirable space for both local and regional events and occasions.
Special care has been taken to both preserve the historic appeal of the Avalon while designing amenities for the future.
The Grand Reopening for the renovation will begin September 17, 2014 at 10:30am, with activities running through the Community Celebration Weekend taking place September 26 – 28, 2014. For details on the ceremonies planned, visit www.tworiversconvention.com.
Weddings and events have already began to book for 2015, making this the venue to be at in the coming months for Western Colorado performances and special events. Reservations are now open to the public by calling the Avalon’s sister property, Two Rivers Convention Center at 970-263-5700.
For more information on the renovation or to learn where to donate, please visit http://www.avalontheatrefoundation.org/.Contacts: Mistalynn Meyeraan, Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau, firstname.lastname@example.org, (970) 256-4063