Avalon Theatre’s vintage equipment to be auctioned March 13
March 12, 2013
Source: Office of Ald. Tony Zielinski
The renovation of the Bay View neighborhood’s historic Avalon Theatre will take
another step forward this week, as Lee Barczak, owner of the building, makes way for
improvements by auctioning off vintage production equipment, projectors, lighting,
popcorn machines and seating, according to Alderman Tony Zielinski.
Online bidding will begin Wednesday afternoon, March 13, at 12pm., and
continue for a week. The theater, 2469-2483 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., will be
open on Saturday, March 16, from 9am to 4pm, for bidders to walk through
and inspect items that are up on the auction block. Any time during the auction, web
users can log on to http://www.badgerauction.com/events/auction-detail/?id=198774
to take part in the bidding.
Recently, the Avalon’s current owner, Lee Barczak, purchased and successfully
reopened the Times Cinema on Milwaukee’s west side and the Rosebud Cinema
Drafthouse in Wauwatosa. Alderman Zielinski said the success of those two projects and
the auction of the old equipment from the Avalon means the Bay View neighborhood is
that much closer to having its historic theater renovated and open for business.
“I know it is taking a while, but we are bucking the trend and opening up a
shuttered theater that stands to be a real gem for the Bay View neighborhood,” Alderman
Zielinski said. “This will continue the momentum we are building on Kinnickinnic.”
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