National Theatre

708 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, VA 23219

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ghamilton on January 10, 2006 at 1:13 pm

Today the TIMES DISPATCH outlined the new plans for the NATIONAL.Historic Richmond Foundation has signed to sell the house to Richmond Capital Ventures.Their operating arm has a good track record in other venues with musical acts and other performances.The puts the kabosh on the Arts Foundation’s hopes for the National.Most of their hopes were toilet city anyway.The group plans to work in concert with the NORVA in Norfolk,with regards to booking various groups.This all sounds good,so far.

robnrva on December 1, 2005 at 7:29 am

Apparently there has been some interest in purchasing this theater, the following article outlines potential re-use. View link

joemasher on October 12, 2005 at 12:52 pm

Yes, the National is still there. It’s in decent shape and well cared for. The Historic Richmond Foundation is looking for a suitable tenant. There are no seats on the orchestra level.

ghamilton on October 12, 2005 at 12:29 pm


Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 12, 2005 at 1:10 am

A Robert-Morton organ was installed in the National (Towne) Theater in 1923.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 8, 2005 at 5:07 am

Ok Mr “G”, I understand now that the opening in 2001 was a one time affair. But the article also claimed “The seats and screen are being brought in just for the afternoon, as the theater is still a long way from being fully restored”. If this theater was being restored in 2001, is it close to being finished four years later?

ghamilton on October 8, 2005 at 3:56 am

In the not too distant past,there was a tour given.People can’t imagine the real beauty of this theater.Even pictures don’t do it justice.This house is REAL ART.The volume “Celebrate Richmond Theaters"by Dementi,Dementi and Fuller-Seely,a work of art,itself,has a lot of pictures and history.The inner dome is the biggest design feature that captures the eye,but the detailing is just so right without over doing it.(yes,some grand houses are a bit over-done)In the entire country,I don’t see another beauty like this one,namely,in good shape-and unused. Richmond has quite a few theaters of note that have not made it into this great site yet,but the National is the star.

ghamilton on October 8, 2005 at 3:45 am

It has been used a few times for special presentations,I understend,but in no way could be considered"open".sadly.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 7, 2005 at 4:47 pm

This article from 2001 claims that the National Theater was open. Has it closed again since 2001?