Virginia Theatre

Boardwalk and Virginia Avenue,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on March 23, 2014 at 2:16 pm

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.

rivoli157
rivoli157 on March 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

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

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm

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

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm

There is a picture of the closed Virginia Theatre here; scroll down to see it: http://www.steel-pier.com/

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 28, 2010 at 2:59 am

No place to put this one, but a nice photo nevertheless:
http://tinyurl.com/2bgj6mk

Coate
Coate on October 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 12, 2009 at 10:41 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.

edblank
edblank on October 12, 2009 at 10:36 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
kencmcintyre on October 12, 2009 at 10:24 pm

It was on the Boardwalk, not on Virginia Avenue itself.

edblank
edblank on October 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Can anyone pinpoint for me, please, which side of Virginia the theater was on? North side or south side?

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on June 17, 2009 at 11:41 am

Ken
The V over the center of the marquee disappeard in 1968. The original name Virginia was in green letters on both sides of the marquee. The V was also green. The new letters were white background with red letters.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 30, 2009 at 11:19 pm

I never saw the V on the marquee as my first recollection of the Virginia is in the early 1970s.

spectrum
spectrum on September 29, 2007 at 7:52 pm

According to THS’s Marquee issue of 1980 (v. 1), the Virginia was built in 1915.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on September 8, 2006 at 9:55 am

Crazy Bob
The Virginia got rid of the V in 1968 when they put up a totally new sign on top the marquee. I old sign was green letters and was much betterthan the new one installed which was whire with red letters. I did not know Hamid owned the Stadium theater in Phila, I can’t imagine they had Todd Ao at the Virgina.The only time I was in the theater was to see Hello Dolly and the screen was small, no curtains or masking. For a roadshow theater, the Virginia was tacky.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 8, 2006 at 3:31 am

The Virgina had 35/70mm Cinemacanica Victoria projectors. I saw “The Sound Of Music” there in the mid sixties and the marquee said TODD A-O. I was once visiting the booth about 1972, and saw a sign on the wall that said “NO LARGE V ANYMORE” I asked the operator what it meant? He said That there use to be a large neon V on top of the marquee in the forties. The sign was to remind them that they didn’t have to turn it off any more. I think that it blew down in a storm. I worked at many AC theatre that had the marquee switches in the projection booth. I remember the Virginia having no balcony & a tin ceiling. They told me that George Hamid used to take the 70mm projectors up to his Stadium Theatre in South Philly during the Winter.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on June 16, 2006 at 2:10 pm

Howard
I wonder if we know each other? I was in AC from 67-78 fro the summers and I remember it well. The Strand was indeed the last theater to operate on the boardwalk. The Apollo’s last season of operation was 1977.Charlie Tannenbaum was a customer of mine at Atlantic Bank and he told me they auditoium was condemmed. The front part through the lobby was used the following year, but burned. Eventually a men’s clothing store opened there. The last year of operation for the Strand was 1978. After that the front was kept and used for bike rentals. The auditorium was knocked down.

HowardB
HowardB on June 16, 2006 at 1:02 pm

I recall the Strand Theater, which was located between the Virginia
and the Apollo, remaining open through the winter in its' last year of operation as a second run house. I saw an odd double feature of
“The Last Detail” and “Lightening Swords of Death” there during what I am sure was not the summer season. I believe the Strand may have been the last of the boardwalk houses to close in AC. The Apollo may have lasted a little longer as a burlesque/porn house. Man I miss those AC theaters. Grew up in AC during the 60’s and 70’s and attended those theaters on a regular basis. AC was a small town with
nine large theaters (plus two on Steel Pier) five of which would qualify as palaces. They were not always the most well maintained places, but they all had “charactor”.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on June 16, 2006 at 9:54 am

Wow that was unheard of for Atlantic City having a boardwalk theater open in the winter months.
I remember an old post card that had a picture of the Virgina and one summer they played The Carpetbaggers. Does anybody know which year this was. I don’t think The Carpetbaggers was a roadshow engagement. I also seem to remember them playing It’s A MAd MAd MAd World at the Virginia.

Coate
Coate on June 16, 2006 at 6:16 am

“TSOM did move to the Shore but I am not sure if it was April 66 or 67.” (Mikeoaklandpark on May 22, 2006)

“Does that mean that SOM played from May ‘65 until '67 at the Virginia and then moved to the Shore?” (Vincent on May 22, 2006)


It definitely was not in April of ‘66. “The Sound Of Music” played exclusively at the Virginia on a reserved-seat basis from spring '65 through the fall of '66. The Shore engagement would not have been with reserved seats nor would it have been a move-over.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 22, 2006 at 8:28 pm

I remember the Glenda Jackson movie playing there in 1973, but nothing after that. The Strand was nearby. There was a large burlesque house, name unknown, further down Virginia Avenue, by Morton’s Hotel.

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on May 22, 2006 at 6:55 pm

Millie couldn’t have played there until the spring of ‘67. Does that mean that SOM played from May '65 until '67 at the Virginia and then moved to the Shore? Was this all on reserved seats?
As I’ve written above on my first visit to AC GWTW was playing at the Virginia in the summer of '68. There was a billboard above for Mille which they hadn’t bothered to change.
When I was on the boardwalk in the summer of '76 the Virginia was still there but boarded up.
Does anybody have any interior and exterior photos of the Virginia?
Amazing that SOM was selling out everywhere in that summer of '65.