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The Cornerstone Project


City investment: $3,110,476

DDA investment: $3,000,000

DOLA grant: $1,000,000

Avalon Theatre Foundation: $1,124,000

Construction update:

Ironworkers have started erecting the main structure in the addition. 


Crews are nearing the end of patching the existing plaster in the theater. Priming of a portion of the walls and ceilings will happen intermittently over the next few weeks. 

Electricians are diligently installing conduit & boxes in the framed walls in the sound booth:

Masons have completed all of the walls in the addition with the exception of the south exterior wall. That wall is scheduled to be finished by the end of the week. 

There are two parts to Phase I of the construction project. (1) the renovation of the 90 year old theater and (2) the building of an addition to the east of the theater.  The theater renovation includes new seating, the removal of the projection room, the transition from film to digital, and updated life safety systems. The addition will house an elevator, bathrooms on all levels, the multi-purpose room, and expanded lobby and concessions.

The Avalon Theatre Foundation needs your help to finish this project.  Every dollar matters. Donate today or contact us if you are interested in exclusive naming opportunities!

Want to learn  more? Call us for a tour of the Avalon to see the progress for yourself! Call us at 970-256-4131.


Community theaters have been a cornerstone of civic life throughout history. From countryside to city, they've played host to events ranging in scope and style from comedic acts to Shakespearean plays and from symphonic performances to rock-'n-roll concerts — and in so doing have brought the wider world to our own doorstep. The elemental bonds of shared experiences, fond memories, and timeless storytelling have cultivated community strength and stability from our earliest beginnings. The Avalon Theatre is Grand Junction's own community gem, cherished by over five generations of Grand Valley residents dating back to its vaudevillian roots. Today, this historic treasure is uniquely positioned to return even greater dividends to our community.

The Avalon Theatre Foundation was formed in the early 1990s with the mission of historic preservation, generational heritage, and continued commercial operations. Its mission remains the same today but with an added sense of responsibility and vision.

The Avalon Cornerstone Project is a capital fundraiser to renovate and expand the facility, making it capable of accommodating a wider range of uses that will support improved commercial, cultural and community benefits to the Grand Valley.