215 S. Jefferson Street,
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There were two American Theatre’s listed as operating in Roanoke, VA in the 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory. This American Theater was built in 1928. Closed and demolished in 1973 for a new First National Exchange Bank.
This was a great theater. Large balcony, upstairs concession stand. Reminded me of a bigger, grander version of the Byrd Theatre in Richmond. Close to the Carpenter Center in granduer. Was the longtime home of the Miss Virginia pageant. Henry B. Boynton also had a hand in design and construction. Their firm of Smithey and Boynton designed and built many famous buildings in the valley, such as the Shenendoah Life Building. They also built the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg and the Salem Theatre, Salem. Boynton out lived his creation, dying in 1991 at age 92. Saw movies here in 1960’s, last one in 1972 probably. Highlights were “The Graduate” and “Little Big Man”.
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