Colony Theatre

430 High Street,
Portsmouth, VA 23704

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Colony Theatre...Portsmouth Virginia

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The Colony Theatre, located on High Street, in Portsmouth’s Old Towne, was across the street from the Commodore Theatre. It was designed in Art Moderne style. After it closed, it housed a nightclub from the late 80s into the early 90s.

The former theater was damaged by a storm in 2000 which destroyed its marquee and facade, but the exterior was afterward repaired (although not restored). Any further information on the Colony, including its current status, would be appreciated.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 5, 2006 at 5:31 pm

LEVINE THEATRICAL ENTERPRISES is the chain for this theatre.

kencmcintyre on September 9, 2006 at 3:22 pm

This photo is from 1951. The citizens are waiting in line to buy license plates:

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 8, 2007 at 6:13 pm

That must have been one hell of a storm.

system01 on December 11, 2007 at 3:53 pm

My mom worked at the Colony in Portsmouth, VA back in the mid ‘50’s as a part-time cashier. She said she remembered a wide, sweeping staircase, thick carpeting, a large chandelier, and a lounge with comfortable chairs & fireplace- I can only imagine!

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 31, 2010 at 9:35 pm

From the 1950s a photo postcard view of the Colony Theatre along with the Commodore which is directly across the street.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm





PHONE: 757.625.1212


norfolk356 on July 30, 2015 at 6:53 pm

I was in the Colony a few times when the initial night club occupied the building in the mid to late 1980’s. The stage was intact and during breaks in the entertainment a movie size screen was sometimes lowered. Music videos were sometimes shown. I can recall seeing Point of No Return by Nu Shooz during one break with giant pairs of shoes racing across the screen.

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