Robey Theatre

318 Main Street,
Spencer, WV 25276

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Robey Theatre

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The Robey Theatre opened in 1907 as a vaudeville house. In 1908 the Robey Theatre began exhibiting motion pictures. Rebuilt in 1911, the Robey Theatre is still open today and claims to be the oldest continuously running movie theatre in the U.S.

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FeralFilm on April 17, 2007 at 6:48 am

Oh, I didn’t realize: this year is the 100th anniversary of the Robey’s opening! Anyone know the date the original Robey opened for vaudeville? Any chance the owner or any staff are following these comments?

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Lost Memory on July 9, 2007 at 8:09 am

Here is a website for the Robey Theater.

PastRespects on February 22, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Our family chooses to go to the Robey rather than drive to Charleston where there are probably 5 or 6 state of the art theaters to choose from. Some complain of the smell and the decor but we absolutely love it! The smell is of decades of popcorn and aged wall fabric and old-growth wood floors and trim. The bathrooms are adorable. You take a trip back in time while you are there. We couldn’t be happier with Spencer’s little theatre. The owners are very proactive in trying to snag movies that will sell out. They know their crowd and what will attract the numbers. Aaron Richardson has found a treasure.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2008 at 6:28 pm

This is another photo of the Robey Theater.

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Lost Memory on September 18, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Here is an August 2008 photo.

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Lost Memory on January 26, 2009 at 12:02 pm

This is the registration form for the National Register of Historic Places. The only names given for architect are Carmichael & Millspaugh which was already mention on May 9, 2005.

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Lost Memory on January 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm

On page five of the registration form, the name is spelled Millspaugh. I don’t know if that’s the correct spelling or not.

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Lost Memory on April 20, 2009 at 11:50 am

This was the Robey in 1983.

CSWalczak on February 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm

The theater recently installed 3D equipment and added other upgrades:

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