Avalon Theater Building (Griswold’s)

Location: 308 4th Ave E
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avalonsmallerAvalon Theater, 1936, Jeffers photograph. Susan Parish Collection, Southwest Regional ArchivesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAvalon Theater (Griswold’s) building today (2014), Photograph courtesy of Deb Ross

The Avalon Theater was built in 1928, one of several movie theaters in downtown Olympia. The architect was Franklin Cox Stanton, who adopted the Mission style that characterizes much of downtown’s architecture. The photograph at above left, by Vibert Jeffers, was taken in 1936. In later years this was the Griswold Office Supply building, which burned down in 2004. Today, only a portion of the facade remains. The future of the building is uncertain.

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Olympia Heritage inventory

Cinema Treasures listing

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