Willy Wonka at the Avalon

The sad news of the death of the uniquely funny Gene Wilder reminded me I had this flier for the 1971 opening of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” at the Avalon Theatre, 1720 Kings Highway. Despite the invitation to “Meet the Wonkaplayers,” I doubt any of the stars appeared at the opening. The S.S. Wonkatania awaits!

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Flier for the opening of “Williy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” June 30, 1971, Avalon Theatre, 1720 Kings Highway, Brooklyn. {Collection of Joseph Ditta}

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Kings Highway in its heyday, looking east from the Brighton Line. Note the Avalon Theatre, at right. {Collection of Joseph Ditta}

A postcard view of Kings Highway in its heyday, looking east from the Brighton Line. Note the Avalon Theatre at right. {Collection of Joseph Ditta}


Copyright © 2016 by Joseph Ditta (webmaster@gravesendgazette.com)

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2 responses to “Willy Wonka at the Avalon

  1. Robert Wechsler

    Thanks for posting the postcard of Kings Highway, c. 1945. That’s my parents deli, The Famous, on the right between East 16th and East 17th Street. It was in business from the early 1940s through the end of the decade.

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