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This map came from a person who attended the theater in his youth.
It was located at 2414 Warwick Ave and operated from 1929-1932 per local records.
According to Newport News City Directories, it was located at 3107 Washington Ave. This was the center of the downtown area. It operated from 1915 to 1928 – so it appears that this was a silent theater. It had 650 seats. This would have been across the street from the Olympic Theater which had a later life as the James Theater which was located at 3100 Washington Ave.
According to Newport News City Directories, this theater opened in 1917 and was in business through 1972. It was a theater on Jefferson Ave which was the center of the African American neighborhood at that time.
This movie closed in 1934 and the building was converted into offices and apartments. That is what it is today. It is a couple blocks off Duke of Gloucester Street. The New Imperial was built in 1932 as a result of being forced to move due to restoration in Colonial Williamsburg. It closed in 1934 because the area was unable to sustain two theaters – with the other theater being the Williamsburg Theater in the restored area. When it closed, it was converted into stores on the ground floor and offices, apartments and suites in the upstairs.
Per local newspaper ads, the Wythe operated from 1939 to 1981
I have an ad dated Feb. 1, 1973 for this theater playing “Hannie Caulder” with Raquel Welch
The Rim Theater was one of two black theaters in Gloucester County during its day.
Just posted a photo of an ad announcing the opening of the twin.
It opened screens 3 and 4 on May 19, 1990 – ad just posted on photo page
Just posted a photo of the ad announcing the addition of the third theater – June 14, 1991
opened Dec. 9, 1948
see new photo of opening ad on photo page
I just posted a souvenir of this theater dated 1950 celebrating its one year anniversary – making 1949 as the start date, I think
I just posted a photo of the Opening Ad dated Dec 22, 1972
This theater is actually in Hampton. The Newmarket theater across Mercury Blvd is in Newport News.
Just posted the Opening Ad for the theater dated Oct 10, 1975
I just posted a photo of the Opening Ad dated Dec. 22, 1972
I just posted a photo of the Grand Opening Ad dated July 23, 1952
I just posted a photo of the Opening Ad dated June 25, 1947
I just posted a photo of the Opening Ad for the Sidney Lust Drive In Theater dated April 15, 1949
I just posted a photo of the Grand Opening ad dated July 1, 1965
I just added a photo of the Grand Opening Ad
I just added a photo of the Grand Opening Ad – Dec 24, 1973
This theater opened Nov 18, 1994 per ad in Daily Press, Newport News, Va. See new photo posted for ad.
I found the grand opening ad and a story on the closing.
The Theater actually opened on Friday, Nov 4, 1988.
A story appeared in the Aug. 26, 2000 Daily Press announcing the closing after Thursday night’s showing which would have been on Aug 31, 2000. This ended a 12 year run.