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wsasser commented about Coliseum Mall Cinema I & II on Dec 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm

This was the last ad – March 1989

wsasser commented about York Theatre on Dec 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I just posted a 1941 ad for the York. The opening date keeps getting older and older.

wsasser commented about Kimball Theatre on Dec 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm

opening date is Jan 13, 1933

wsasser commented about Stockade Auto-Torium on Dec 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm

June 6, 1941

wsasser commented about York Theatre on Dec 1, 2012 at 12:10 am

Found this on the web:

The York Theater in West Point, Virginia was in operation from the early Fifties to the late Seventies, with occasional “restart” attempts into the Eighties, as near as we can determine. Economics pushed the prior owner of the building, a now-deceased attorney and entrepreneur, to cease theater operations and to “renovate” the auditorium by adding several small offices into the auditorium space. The building has been used since that renovation variously as law offices, a florist, an insurance agency and now that we own it, as the home to Pullen Computing. The building would be incredibly cost-prohibitive to “resurrect” as a full working theater; it has undergone significant structural changes including installation of ground-to-roof pillars to prevent the roof from collapsing.

wsasser commented about York Theatre on Nov 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I just added an Ad dated March 24, 1949 of the York Theater. The first ad that I found in the local newspaper. The above ad might have been a reopening with new ownership – not sure.

wsasser commented about Edge Hill Theatre on Nov 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm

The Edge Hill opened in November 1931 and closed in May of 1956. Another theater, the Hillside Cinema , was built on property next to the Edge Hill vacant property in 1979 and is open to this day.

wsasser commented about Moton Theatre on Nov 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

According to the Historical Marker placed, the Moton operated at a moving picture theater from 1941 – 1966. It was then converted into a Community Center.

wsasser commented about West Point Drive-In on Nov 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Just posted an ad for the Grand Opening.

wsasser commented about West Point Drive-In on Nov 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Ad in Gloucester Mathews Gazette dated Sept. 6, 1947

wsasser commented about Asta Theatre on Nov 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm

The Asta Theater was one of two theaters operated in the Guinea area in the forties and fifties.

Both the Asta and the Globe were located at the intersection of Maryus and Maundy’s Creek Road in Maryus.

The Asta was built in 1941 by Leslie Williams. It burned in 1944 and was rebuilt within two months. It operated until 1955. Opening prices were .25 for adults and .13 for children.

wsasser commented about Pix Theatre on Nov 16, 2012 at 3:13 am

see new photo for location of Pix

wsasser commented about Donk's Theater on Oct 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I attended a seminar on Mathews Theaters at the Historical Society the other night. The leader told us that the children of Donks were kicked out of the Be Jo Theater and barred for life for misbehaving. Mr. Dunton (Donk) had a verbal altercation with the Be Jo owner and told him he would build his kid his own theater and did right next door to his BBQ Stand just down the road from the Courthouse area. That is how Donk’s Theater came to life.

wsasser commented about Be-Jo Theatre on Oct 27, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Per a lecture on this theater by the Mathews Historical Society:

The original theater was the Westville located on Main Street in Mathews. It operated from 1930 to 1936.

In 1936, it was sold and was renamed the Be-Jo after the new owner’s daughters. It operated from 1936 – 1949 when it closed.

It has since been remodeled into office building.

wsasser commented about Newport Theater on Oct 24, 2012 at 2:08 am

Got this note from a friend that lives close to the Newport:

The end of an era. The Newport Theater in Norfolk is now an empty lot.

wsasser commented about Langley Theatre on Sep 21, 2012 at 1:34 am

The Scott opened at this location on Aug 25, 1919 and closed on March 12, 1932.

The Langley opened on April 18, 1932 and closed on Aug 19, 1967.

The Scott and the Langley looked very differently. A local old timer told me that the Scott front was remodeled but most of the building retained when it became the Langley.

The building has since been demolished.

wsasser commented about Rex Theatre on Sep 21, 2012 at 1:19 am

The first theater at this site was the Apollo. It opened on Aug 15, 1915 and it closed on June 8, 1932.

The Rex opened at the same location on Feb. 2, 1940 and operated until March 2, 1951 showing mostly B-western movies.

After closing this building served as a site for the Peninsula Youth for Christ and later as the Hampton City Arts Center.

It is now demolished and a bank sits on this property.

wsasser commented about James Theater on Sep 21, 2012 at 1:09 am

The first theater at this location was The Olympic, it operated from Oct 17, 1910 to Nov. 10, 1932

The James opened on Dec 11, 1932 and closed on Aug 3, 1967

On Aug 4, 1967, the Theater opened as the Downtown. It closed for good on Aug 6, 1980. The Downtown opened as a part of the Gordon chain but at some time, it was sold and became a XXX movie theater.

wsasser commented about Pix Theatre on Sep 21, 2012 at 1:06 am

The Pix Theater opened on 11/11/1942

The Pix Theater closed on 6-1/1947. The announced that they were closing for the summer.

On 9/28/1947, The theater was renamed and opened as The Capital

The Capital closed for good on 5/9/1948

wsasser commented about Pix Theatre on Sep 21, 2012 at 12:32 am

Nov 6, 1942

wsasser commented about New Imperial Theatre on Sep 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm

The only theater in Colonial Williamsburg is the Kimball that use to be the Williamsburg Theater. There is no Imperial presently in Williamsburg.

wsasser commented about NorView Theatre on Sep 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

The caption on this photo states 1945 – 1954

wsasser commented about Pix Theatre on Sep 7, 2012 at 3:59 am

The Capital Theater opened on September 29, 1947. It previously was known as the Pix Theater

wsasser commented about Wythe Cinema on Sep 1, 2012 at 2:17 am

The Wythe Statement of Policy as noted in the Oct 4, 1939 ad

The Wythe is operated by the owners of the Palace Theatre….100% local. The same high-calibre pictures the Palace brought to the Peninsula will be shown here. First-run for the first time on the lower Peninsula. We bid you welcome. Leonard & Julian Gordon

Complete air conditioning – lots of Parking space – Ultra-Comfortable Seats

The Peninsula’s Smartest, Most Modern Theater

wsasser commented about Wythe Cinema on Sep 1, 2012 at 2:14 am

When the Wythe opened, prices were as follows:

Afternoons: .25
Evenings: .35
Children – any time: .10