223 Buckley Hall Road,
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Opened on June 9, 1947, this true piece of Americana is the kind of old movie house or theater that the late Charles Kuralt would have stopped at and done a story on for his ‘On the Road’ series.
After years of showing movies, it was closed on October 3, 1970. Since then, it has been the home of Virginia’s Lil Ole Opry. Among the Nashville headliners who have appeared here are: Dolly Parton, Kitty Wells, Ernest Tubb, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Russell, etc. The 2001 Miss Virginia, Meghan Shanley, also got her start and was a regular there.
The theater is built of White Formstone and is ALL originial, right down to not being air-conditioned (even to this day), but still has it’s originial fans operating and all of it’s originial upholstered seats!
Donk’s Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
On the evening of January 22, 2016, during a deadly snowstorm which hit the East Coast, the roof of Donk’s Theater collapsed under the weight of snow, and the side walls buckled. The owners stated the building will probably have to be demolished.
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