Magic Lantern Theatre

North Main Street,
Suffolk, VA 23434

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Magic Lantern Theatre

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The Chadwick Theatre was operating from around 1924. In the 1940’s and into the 1950’s it was operated by Pitts' Theaters Inc. In later years it was renamed Magic Lantern Theatre.

In around 1982, the Magic Lantern Theatre was destroyed by a fire, which was arson (said to be an insurance job!) The last movie screened was said to be “Friday 13th Part 3”.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Daniel Perry

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ghamilton on July 9, 2006 at 4:31 pm

I first saw downtown Suffolk about 1988.Still had a lovely big hotel and a Leggett a bldg that looked like a closed theater.But the place now is useless.As the peanut has lost importance for the area and other ravages,Suffolk has not had much good happening.

kseward on July 11, 2007 at 10:22 am

I only went to the Chadwick Theatre twice, once to see Hotel and another time to see Gunn (a movie spinoff of the Peter Gunn series). I was just a little kid and not even in school yet. Sorry to say, I can remember the movies but not the Chadwick Theatre itself.

Maybe if my elder siblings or anyone else has any recollections, I can pass them on.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 23, 2012 at 6:32 am


171 north main street


wsasser on June 5, 2012 at 11:55 am

There was a newspaper story here when the theater burned down. Arson was suspected from the start because the expensive projectors were not found in the ruins

bufffilmbuff on July 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I remember there was an illuminated clock to one side of the screen… something I never saw anywhere else. Movies I saw there: BACHELOR IN PARADISE, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, and LADY SINGS THE BLUES. By the early 70’s it was not a place you wanted to be after dark.

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