Avalon Theater makes long-awaited return with grand event

Milwaukee Post Staff

Dec. 31, 2014

 Roving spotlights shine on the exterior of the newly refurbished Avalon Atmospheric Theater and Lounge, 2743 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., in the Bay View neighborhood,
during the official night Dec. 18.
Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Post


MILWAUKEE — Lee Barczak celebrated his 64th birthday with the grand reopening  of his newly refurbished Avalon Atmospheric Theater and Lounge, 2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave, in the Bay View neighborhood Dec. 18.

The Avalon consists of the Avalon Lounge, The Avalon Atmospheric Theater and the smaller backstage theater. Both theaters are furnished with plush black leather recliner seats with attached tray tables to go with food and beverage service. Besides the usual popcorn, candy and soda, there are also a variety of cocktails, beer, wine, appetizers, handmade pizzas and paninis available.

Barczak invested more than $2.5 million to update the historic 1929 Avalon with all new modern fixtures. 

One of the unique atmospheric features is the main theater’s twinkling “starlight” ceiling that originally had incandescent lights and was refitted with new fiber optic LED lighting.

 Lee Barczak, center, blew out all but one candle on the cake to celebrate his 64th birthday at the official grand opening of the newly refurbished Avalon Atmospheric Theater and Lounge.
Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Post


Sitting in the Main Theater with its signature twinkling ceiling lights, Lee and Jane Barczak hold hands as they view a slideshow about the Avalon Atmospheric Theater and Lounge renovation.
Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Post


Ivan Merlin and his daughter Isabelle, 9, of Bay View take in the view of the main theater.
Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Post


Patrons gather in the main theater of the newly refurbished Avalon Atmospheric Theater and Lounge after a ribbon-cutting.
Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Post