It's been a long time coming, but the Avalon Theater is finally being demolished.The Post-Dispatch's Marlon A. Walker reported
last night that heavy machinery is on site, and that part of the structure has already been brought down.
|The Avalon's interior in 2007.|
The once beautiful movie palace has been closed since 1999 and began rotting soon after, as owner Greg Tsevis let the property decay while waiting for someone to pay him a milllion dollars for it, despite the interior being full of filthy mattresses and heavy mildew. Riverfront Times
reporter Keegan Hamilton untangled the story of Tsevis' ownership
back in 2007, with a follow-up
in 2009 when the city filed suit against Tsevis for the state of his property, which paved the way for the building's eventual destruction.