Historic Avalon Theater auctions off history

CREATED Mar 15, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Just walk through the doors of Milwaukee's historic Avalon Theater and you can feel just how classic its character once was.

"When people come in they will know they're in the Avalon Theater. Our intent is even to have the twinkling lights in the ceiling that it was known for," Theater owner Lee Barczak says.

For about $2 million, Barczak hopes to bring back the theater's 1920s charm.

He's done it before with the times cinema on Milwaukee's West Side and Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse in Wauwatosa. He has big plans for the Avalon.

"We're going to have totally new projection systems, sound systems, new screen, new seating," Barczak says.

But, before renovations begin, items like vintage movie projectors to the wide screen and vintage popcorn and butter makers need to be auctioned off.

"Some of them are probably more a little more emotional memorabilia kind of a thing - other things are quite useful," Barczak says.

Michael Reese is interested in what's for sale.

"If there's something I could use, you know kind of have a piece of the Avalon that would be nice,” Reese says. The auction ends Wednesday, March 20th at 10:30 a.m. There's an open house this Saturday from 9 to 4 p.m.

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