Restaurants - Katoomba, NSW
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In 1990 Gayle Pollard and Glenn Puster established The Avalon in the Old Malenys Universal Provider Building which later became David Jones Manufacturing in Main Street Katoomba. It was an unusual restaurant in a large warehouse space at the back of the building up 3 flights of stairs. It was just a doorway entrance which led into a long maze-like passageway where many patrons trekked up the stairs for 10 years.
In the early days, the Avalon staged events such as plays, poetry, opera, jazz & blues nights, dances & art exhibitions. The smoking room was a fondly remembered nook which added to the bohemian atmosphere.
In 1999, a pyromaniac set fire to the building and the building was subsequently demolished. The Avalon re-established itself the next year in the upstairs dress-circle of the once famous Savoy Picture Theatre which was just around the corner from the original site. The projection room became the kitchen and the old refreshment lounge became the Avalon Cocktail Bar. A large window was installed at the back of the space which opened up to views of the Jamieson Valley. Some of the design ideas were modeled on the old ocean liners of the 40’s & 50’s, while keeping the style of the restaurant consistent with the fact that it's in a Deco Picture Theatre and Lounge.