Boardwalk and Virginia Avenue,
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The Virginia was Atlantic City’s premiere theater that showed roadshow features. The theater was had 70mm and steophonic eqipment. The theater closed in 1973 when the government purchased the block for future casino development. The theater sat empty until the middle 80’s. The last features that played there were “The Sound Of Music” re-release in 70mm which opened June 27, 1973, followed by “Cabaret” re-release and the last feature to play was “A Touch Of Class” with Glenda Jackson and George Segal. They were scheduled to get the re-release of “Mary Poppins” on Aug 15, 1973, but didn’t do to the great success of “A Touch Of Class”.
A few of the other features that I rememebr playing there were, “It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World”, “The Carpetbaggers”, “Gone With The Wind”, “Sweet Charity”, “Krakatoa East of Java”, “Hello Dolly” (non-roadshow engagement that opened June 24, 1970), and “Fiddler On The Roof”, which was done as a reserved performance format instead of roadshow engagement.
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