The Original Sensational Showmen

The Original Sensational Showmen
National Guard Armory-Concordia - 1965

Friday, February 27, 2015

Avalon Ballroom, Remsen, Iowa

The Avalon Ballroom of Remsen, Iowa. Remsen's Avalon Ballroom was built in 1937, making it 61 years old, and one of lowa's longest running ballrooms. The building was constructed on the former A.i. Duster parking lots just North of the American Legion. At the time that the building was built, it covered a ground space of 60'X 110' making it one the largest structures of it's kind in western Iowa. Then owners, Jake Raveling & Frederick Phillips set the grand opening for Labor Day of 1937 drawing over 400 dancers. Over the years The Avalon has played host to the likes of Lawrence Welk, The Velaires, Burch Ray & The Walkers, The Astronauts, The Trashmen and The Patch Of Blue with Tommy Bolin, to name just a few. After setting idle for a number of years, The Remsen Jaycees and their Remsen Community Action Club purchased The Avalon and is undertaking a significant remodeling of the ballroom to make it a beautiful, like new, and historic entertainment venue once again.

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