Chatham, VA - Something old to something new; proposal to turn old movie theatre into fishing store

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on February 9, 2017 at 5:08 pm


From Doomsday doesn’t mean the end for a Chatham building. Danville Resident, Steve Delgiorno and his business partner will present their plans to the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors on Monday night. If approved, Delgiorno hopes to turn what was once a movie theater (Ed: Chatham Theater) into the new headquarters for Doomsday Tackle Company, a fishing company. The County has owned the building for about 30 years, and currently uses it for storage.

DelGiorno would pay $50,000 upfront to secure the building. “We’re extremely excited” said Stewart, “This particular building what we want to do for it, is set it up as an innovation slash consumer experience type facility,” explained Will Stewart, the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Product Innovation at Doomsday Tackle Company. If approved, Stewart says they would move in by the end of the month, and plan to be open for fishing business by mid summer.

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andiduferense on February 23, 2022 at 3:34 am

We recently turned our old movie theater into a gathering for writers, where everyone read their stories, like in that movie (I can’t remember the name). So I recently did a montage of us remaking it with this program. It turned out just great. So many people came to help us that it inspired us to do so much more. And it’s true what they say, one good deed inspires the next.

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