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That blade sign was enormous.
“all gone in 2017” – only being a theater. The building is still there.
@dallasmovietheaters – are you sure about the Danbarry/Kerasotes dates? I graduated high school in Richmond in 1986 and I could have sworn it was Kerasotes back then.
Looking at the photo section, this actually opened as a single screen in 1970 and a second screen was added in 1977.
Not related to the history of the theater itself, but I believe the space is now empty. Restoration Hardware is no longer there.
The address should say 823 West Broadway.
I saw the Aristocats here – so I know it was open in 1970.
It opened sometime before 1975 – I saw Apple Dumpling Gang there. It was a single screen when it first opened. Then they added a second screen. Later (1995 by previous poster’s comment) it went to 5.
The Bel-Air did close in the late 80s, I believe. However, it did re-open after the other Richmond Drive-In, the Hi-Way Drive In, burned down. Though the reopening probably didn’t last more than a couple of years before closing permanently.
The Tivoli was actually open well into the 90s. Sometime in the mid 70s, the front lobby was converted into a jewelry store and the theater entrance was moved to the side of the building. It was also renamed to the Sidewalk Cinema. In the late 80s or early 90s it was made a $1 theater. Also at some point in the late 80s or early 90s, it was converted to two screens – they simply built all wall down the center of the auditorium.