Virginia Theatre

Boardwalk and Virginia Avenue,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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The Virginia Theatre was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. in 1941. It was later 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 mid-1980’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, due to the great success of “A Touch Of Class”.

A few of the other features that I remember 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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Contributed by Mike MArtinelli

Recent comments (view all 53 comments)

edblank on October 12, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Ken, Any chance you want to meet me Wednesday in A.C. and do the walking tour of the Boardwalk theaters and the Atlantic Avenue theaters with me? Lunch immediately afterward before I leave town.
Contact me at if interested. Will give you a phone number to finalize arrangements if you’re available.

Also, any idea of the address of the old 500 Club where Martin & Lewis started?

kencmcintyre on October 12, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Ed, I live on the west coast-was just visiting my mom for a few days. I appreciate the invitation though.

500 Club was on Missouri Avenue, I think on the north side west of Atlantic Avenue. It burned down years ago.

Coate on October 23, 2009 at 10:19 am

Anyone know if Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” played here first-run?

kencmcintyre on April 27, 2010 at 8:59 pm

No place to put this one, but a nice photo nevertheless:

CSWalczak on May 2, 2010 at 11:48 am

There is a picture of the closed Virginia Theatre here; scroll down to see it:

rivoli157 on November 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

Summer 1969 I saw Krakatoa East Of Java at the Virginia. I have pics of the theatre then but am unable to upload. Film was show in 70MM-Stereophonic sound.

Some other summer 1969 info, the Ice Capades were getting ready for their engagement at Convention Hall, and Gary Lewis and the Playboys were the Headliners at the Steel Pier

rivoli157 on March 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm

just uploaded a pic of the theatree when KRAKATOA was playing there

Mikeoaklandpark on March 23, 2014 at 9:16 am

Great picture rivoli157. I remember it well. It opened August 15 after Sweet Charity which was basically a flop. Many theaters that showed Charity ended it and opened with Krakatoa East of Java.

Robert21 on March 25, 2015 at 9:38 pm

I watched this beautiful theatre get demolished; it was around 1980. It was still furnished…chandeliers, curtains…maybe even chairs. All the buildings around this neighborhood (Virginia to Connecticut, Boardwalk to Atlantic) were demolished for an urban renewal project which never materialized…but this building and the boardwalk stores leading up to Maryland Avenue remained standing until 1980. I think I saw “Fiddler on the Roof” here…maybe 1972?

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