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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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 9, 2005 at 2:45 pm

This theatre replaced two earlier theatres in the town that were operated by Haymond Robey from 1907 until 1911. This current theatre opened in 1911 as the Auditorium Theatre with an original seating capacity of 600.

In 1926 it was re-modeled by architects Carmichael & Millfaugh of Columbus, OH and re-opened as the Robey Theater on 8th September 1926 with the movie “Kiki” starring Norma Talmadge

FeralFilm
FeralFilm on April 17, 2007 at 1:59 am

Here’s a current photo of the Robey Theater at night, showing off it’s neon.

ERD
ERD on April 17, 2007 at 12:39 pm

Looks like a cozy little theatre. I am glad it has survived all these years.

FeralFilm
FeralFilm on April 17, 2007 at 1:24 pm

It’s a treasure. Kudos to the folks who keep it going!

FeralFilm
FeralFilm on April 17, 2007 at 2:48 pm

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?

PastRespects
PastRespects on February 23, 2008 at 12:29 am

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.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm

The theater recently installed 3D equipment and added other upgrades: http://sundaygazettemail.com/News/201102051103

DavidRobey
DavidRobey on August 14, 2014 at 4:34 am

I spoke to a friendly employee of the Robey Theatre tonight and was impressed with the time she took to discuss its history and latest improvements. Being a former assistant manager of a single screen theatre, I realize the dedication it takes to maintain an old-fashioned movie house in this age of plastic high-tech. Thank you for keeping the spirit of simple movie-going alive and well in your community.

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