How Avalon got its name

The word is rhythmic — almost symphonic — so it should not be a surprise that the word “Avalon” has a poetic and mythological meaning that dates back centuries.

Appropriately, “Avalon” is derived from the Welsh word for “apple” — and the word brings with it a bountiful context usually. “Avalon” has been used to describe the fruit-growing valley area in the north of Wales, and is further derived from Celtic mythology.

The Encyclopedia Brittanica called Avalon the Welsh “soul kingdom.”

As far as the theater’s naming history, resident Kathryn J. Forrest won a naming contest when the theater was built, besting the more than 500 names suggested.


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