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I hope I’m not too late with this email, but if you are looking for a fantastic old theater to purchase and renovate, Richmond, VA has several that might be of interest – The East End Theater, and the Robinson Theater, both Art Deco theaters are located in historic Church Hill. There are many vacant theaters of architectural and historic significance that need buyers who will restore/renovate and return them to use! There are historic tax credits, tax abatement and incentives available for buyers to restore/renovate historic properties in the city neighborhoods. if you are interested, please feel free to email me at www.oldrichmondneighborhoods.org
The following paragraph is from the National Register of Historic Places Survey conducted in 1997 of structures in Richmond, VA’s Church Hill neighborhood: Robinson Theater 2903: Theater (Robinsob ca. 1938. Brick, 5-course American Bond, Bstory,facade, Flat-roofed, Art Deco, contributing-
“The final icon of the transformation of this section of Church Hill into a middle class African-American neighborhood is the Robinson Theater. The Robinson Theater was built in 1936 at2903 Q Street by the Hill Amusement Corporation as a ‘colored’ theater. The builders were James Foxand Sons and thearchitect vms Edward F. Sinnott. Sinnott had no formal architecturaltraining but he worked for several Richmondfirms before securing his registration in 1925. After1925, he was associated with W. Duncan Lee and later with Luther P. Harbook. He established his independent practice by 1930 and specialized in school and institutional design andrestoration work.” The new theater was named for Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, a native son, born in Jackson Wardon 25 May 1878.
The current owner of the East End Theater is looking to sell what is left after she gutted the building. She planned to transform the East End Theater into her home but unfortuately left the building blighted and vacant where it serves as a reminder of the once thriving neighborhood theater. Church Hill residents hope there is someone interested in purchasing and restoring this Art Deco theater with historic tax credits and/or other incentives for restoration projects. To learn more about our neighborhood and the East End Theater, visit www.chpn.net
For information on the land and building value, address, owner, etc. go to the City of Richmond’s property search link and enter the following map reference number to see the land and building assessments, property dimentions, address, etc.: E0000337009