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I also think the Manhattan Theatre and the Palace Theatre were two different venues. The intersection of Church Street and Nicholson Street is a long way from 629 E. Brambleton Avenue. I think there is some confusion with these two theatres.
I think the Palace Theatre (or the Manhattan Theatre) opened before 1930. “The Grip of Evil” was released in 1916, “The Exploits of Elaine” was released in 1914, and “The Yellow Menace” was released in 1916. All silent films, of course.
Photo probably taken in 1947, year of release of “The Egg and I”. In later years (from at least the 1970s), the Hampton Theatre was known as the Boulevard Theatre to avoid confusion with the nearby city of Hampton.
Notice that it says “Section Reserved For Colored People”. How times have changed since 1930.
The Naro Theatre is showing “Patton” (1970) and advertising a coming attraction at its sister theatre, “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (1969).
1985 or after. “Hell Hole” (1985) and “The Evil Dead” (1981) are playing at the Granby Theatre. At the time it was known as the Granby Mall Cinema.
The year is probably 1955, and the film starring David Niven, Edmund Purdom and George Sanders is probably “The King’s Thief”.
Probably 1960, the year “The Time Machine” was released.
The Norva is showing “Come to the Stable” (1949).
Probably 1953, the year of the 3-D movie craze. The title on the marquee of the Loew’s is illegible, but it may be “Fort Ti” or “Devil’s Canyon”, both westerns released in 3-D format that year.
The photo of the Loew’s State theatre was probably taken in 1937, the year of release for “The Hurricane” starring Dorothy Lamour.
Photo was probably taken early in 1968. “The Graduate” was released in Dec. 1967.
Picture was most likely taken in 1968, the year “The Wrecking Crew” was released, showing at the Loew’s theater.
Probably 1949, the year “Come to the Stable” was released. Notice the blue neon sign on the left that says “Hofheimer’s” For decades, that upscale shoe store occupied the building that was once the Strand theater at 325 Granby St, built in 1911 as the Victoria theatre. That is probably the theater’s old marquee.
Probably 1969, the year “Mackenna’s Gold” was released.
“One Sunday Afternoon” (1933) starring Gary Cooper was playing at the Strand. This is probably about the time it closed and was converted to Hofheimer’s Shoe Store, which for decades occupied the building at 325 Granby Street in Downtown Norfolk. As of 2017, the building is still there.
Probably 1946, the year “The Big Sleep”, with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, was released.
“The Music Goes ‘Round” was released in 1936.
“The Opening Night” was a silent film released in 1927. Notice that it says “Madge Taylor at the Robert Morton Organ”.
“The Blue Max” was released in 1966.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” starring Julie Andrews was released in 1967.
“Little Women” starring June Allyson and Peter Lawford was released in 1949.
“The Texas Bad Man” starring Tom Mix was released in 1932.
“Blessed Event” was released in 1932.
Probably 1946, the year both “Courage of Lassie” and “Two Years Before the Mast” were released.