Riverview Theatre

3910 Granby Street,
Norfolk, VA 23504

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Riverview Theatre

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Another classic Norfolk movie house, the Riverview Theatre was a roadshow theatre that kept a reserved seat policy and showed 70mm films such as “Cleopatra”, “Lawrence of Arabia” & “The Sound of Music”. In later years, the Riverview Theatre became a live theater venue.

Contributed by Bob Jensen

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Ampex175
Ampex175 on February 4, 2009 at 5:43 am

The Sound of Music ran from April 1965 to December 1967 at the Queens Cinerama theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The venue had recently been converted from 3 strip Cinerama to TODD-AO with Philips DP70 (Norelco AA) projectors and OMA6 sound. The deeply curved screen was 73 feet wide x 31 feet high. Sadly, the theatre closed in 1980.

There may indeed have been longer runs. I know that South Pacific ran for well over 4 years at the Dominion theatre, London.

jeffconn
jeffconn on March 4, 2009 at 9:02 am

Spotted a sign posted on the Riverview today:

“AVAILABLE
ALL BROKERS PROTECTED
630-2342 773-2338”

That’s area code 757, by the way.

Tyler10
Tyler10 on August 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Unfortunately, The riverview I believe is condemned and is an unsafe structure…The last I heard the theatre was selling for $775,000 with the parking lot. The neighborhood that it is in, the civic league doesnt want any sort of music, or restaurnat or even a movie venue in the neighborhood, so it just sits and sits. I had a brilliant business plan for the re-opening of the Riverview, the $$$ was there, developers, A had such a large group of supporters, but I was ignored, and there it sits…

Hello, this is for High Plains Drifter…I was just wondering what your plans were for the theater. Did you want to make it a revival theater? I too would love to re-open the Riverview and make is something amazing. I would love to hear your ideas.

WheatPennyLane
WheatPennyLane on October 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Tyler10- I’ve lived in Virginia Beach but have been shuttled between Norfolk and Virginia Beach all my life. I have also thought about the purchase of this theater and restoring it.

I’m going to see what proper channels I must go through and see if anyone in the working for the City of Norfolk can help me with civic league issue.

tripnjive
tripnjive on August 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Tyler10. Would love to talk to you about your experience with the civic and business league. I myself failed to get the owner/realtor to return my calls. It seems other friends of mine have had a similar experience. Let’s talk.

vtal2000
vtal2000 on July 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

Tripnjive, I work with the owners of this property. We would be interested in speaking with you. Please call 757-434-3316. Be sure to leave a message and we will be in touch.

paulnelson
paulnelson on November 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Marquee is stylish and like the letering and neon.

Powhatanarrow
Powhatanarrow on November 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I hope this theater can be saved. I have many fond memories of it when I was 14 years old. I went to see the Ten Commandments in 1957 every week it played here.

HOUNDDAWG
HOUNDDAWG on November 30, 2014 at 3:05 am

My dear, departed mother went to The Riverview every week when possible to see THE SOUND OF MUSIC for over 120 viewings. (She sometimes watched it twice the same day)

I’ll always remember how she seemed to float each time she exited the theater.

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