Afton Theater

42 Afton Parkway,
Portsmouth, VA 23702

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Newspaper Article about Afton Theater, May 2011

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The Afton Theater sits in the middle of the Craddock Historic District in the Afton Square shopping district. The district has been falling down hill since the 1960’s by all appearences. The theater closed by the early-1970’s.

Was built in 1937 with some fanfare, as a totally state of the art house. It was equipped with some level of stage facilities. Community efforts to raise funds for rehab have failed miserably. This is so sad, as the area has so much potential. A non-profit was started, but has virtually died out.

The old marquee hangs on to the building with a plea for help on the east side. Storefronts run along the front side of the structure, but are empty. A long lobby goes south toward the auditorium. The rear of the structure faces west. The roof is now partly collapsed, never a good sign for the future.

See the comments regarding the Afton Theater on the Super 17 Drive-In (Portsmouth, VA) page on this site for more information.

Contributed by George Hamilton Hill/Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

ghamilton on October 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I drove by the other day.Looked in rear stage door.(had a stage)The sight I saw was truly heart breaking.The roof had now collapsed over the main auditorium.The mees was MASSIVE and unneccessary.This place could have been saved and become the center peice of an area with a lot of potential,rather than the sleazy aura it radiates now.

AdrianEverett on May 24, 2010 at 9:28 pm

The city of Portsmouth sucks ! They have the ability to better themselves but the city leaders are slack lazy. The Afton will no doubt will have to be bulldozed and rebuilt again from the ground up.

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