Attucks Theatre

1010 Church Street,
Norfolk, VA 23501

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The Attucks Theater has been a landmark for the African-American community since it was built in 1919. It is the oldest theater in Virginia built, owned, operated, and maintained entirely by African-Americans. Originally seating was provided for 835.

The City of Norfolk supported a $6 million dollar renovation with the Crispus Attucks Cultural Center, Inc. The Crispus Attucks Cultural Center reopened in 2009, the current seating capacity is 624. It offers a wide range of community and cultural and cultural activities. Other arears include meet, banquet and reception facilities.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 11, 2007 at 4:15 pm

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982

Attucks Theatre ** (added 1982 – Building – #82004575)
1008—1012 Church St., Norfolk (Independent City)
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
Architect, builder, or engineer: Johnson,Harvey N.
Architectural Style: No Style Listed
Area of Significance: Performing Arts, Architecture, Black
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Vacant/Not In Use

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 1, 2007 at 8:45 am

An article and color photographs can be found on page 7 of today’s real estate section of The New York Times. The website version omits a color photo of the auditorium taken from the stage, and also an aerial view of the building:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 31, 2007 at 5:58 pm

A Robert-Morton theater organ size 2/3 style 49 was installed in the Attucks Theater in 1925.

spectrum on October 18, 2009 at 11:50 am

Check out their webpage! They’re open! A busy schedule of concerts and performing arts is listed. The auditorium has been beautifully restored with a pink and blue color scheme. Looks great!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Here is the National Register of Historic Places nomination form for the Attucks Theater and this is the photo that goes with the form.

flightmatron on February 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I remember this theater as the Booker T. I saw many stage shows there, as well as Saturday morning serials. I’m glad to see it thriving again.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 1, 2012 at 7:24 am

As mentioned before, a Robert-Morton Theater Pipe Organ was installed in this theatre in 1925. It was a 2/3 (manual/rank keyboards/units of pipes). The Robert Morgan Organ Company, home of the “Wonder Morton” was located in Van Nuys, California and was the number two volume producer of theatre organs, building about half as many as the industry leader WurliTzer. “Robert Morton” wasn’t a person, rather the first names of a major stockholders sons.

Does anyone know what happened to the organ?


From Manteno, Illinois, Mile Post 47

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