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Avon Cinema

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Address: Thayer Street, Providence, RI
Phone Number: 4014210020

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A step back in time

Stepping into this theatre is like dating in the fifties. Very well maintained, good acoustics, friendly personnel, nice assortment of goodies. A nostalgic and fun experience... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 30, 2015
Nyack, NY
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Nyack, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2015

Stepping into this theatre is like dating in the fifties. Very well maintained, good acoustics, friendly personnel, nice assortment of goodies. A nostalgic and fun experience. Highly recommended.

1 Thank NellieNyack_NY
Rhode Island
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168 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2015

One of the oldest theatres in our city. Nostalgic and quaint offering great films not seen at typical cinema's. Right on Thayer Street so there's lots to do nearby. Fantastic Indian restaurant across the street.

1 Thank Lynn B
Providence, Rhode Island
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183 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2015

The times I've gone to the Cinema were when there were either shadowcasts of older films (Rocky Horror Picture) or newer niche films (Repo: The Genetic Opera). I don't know if Avon would succeed in a different area or on another street, but something about it being the center of Thayer Street gives it a soul that makes it very... More 

3 Thank Tim J
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227 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2014

As a student at Brown in the late 50s, I spent a lot of time in this wonderful theatre. Some of my favorite movies there were: "Diabolique" (I jumped out of my seat at the bathtub scene), "Wild Strawberries" and "The Seventh Seal" (early Bergman), and of course, my favorite, "And God Created Woman" (Brigette Bardot - 'nuf said). Happily,... More 

2 Thank TheFoodLegend
Brookline, Massachusetts
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224 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2014

Charming cinema right on Thayer Street, nestled in the heart of Brown University. Highly recommended!

Thank Paul G
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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304 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2014

The Avon is well-respected in this area and always has interesting movies to show, usually Avant Garde-types. Prices are reasonable. Can't say the seating is comfortable as the decor is old, but that's what gives this cinema its charm.

Thank renat6
Rhode Island
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2014

I saw a showing of Midnight in Paris with a close friend of mine here and never would have guessed what it would be like inside. The decor is awesome, the seats are comfy, the ticketing counter employees are friendly and wiling to answer any questions. This movie was not showing anywhere else so I had no choice but to... More 

Thank Amanda W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

I love this beautifully restored old theatre in the heart of College Hill in Providence. The movie selections are always great, and it says feels good to support a local business that isn't a chain. In fact, the owner is often at the door greeting people.

Thank DebraM615
Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2014

Had a wonderful experience relaxing here on the final night of my trip. only downside was that bathroom was at the top of a steep set of stairs.

Thank Jeff K
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2014

I would have never had the pleasure of checking out this Movie Theater if not for my friend Jay. He wanted to catch A Most Wanted Man on a Tuesday evening, I thought why not you only live once. Turned out to be a very nice night out. I had some time to kill so I took a walk around... More 

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