Memrose Theatre

1214 Colley Avenue,
Norfolk, VA 23517

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Memrose Theatre

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The Memrose Theatre was on Colley Avenue somewhere between Westover Avenue and West Brambleton Avenue. I think it was torn down when Colley Avenue was widened to a four lane divided road in this area. If I remember right it played mostly Walt Disney films. I think “Mary Poppins” played here for a long time, before anywhere else in Norfolk/Portsmouth.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 8, 2006 at 9:39 pm

LEVINE THEATRICAL ENTERPRISES, a very classy act, was the chain for this theatre.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 8, 2006 at 10:23 pm

That must be Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, that would put tne Memrose more or less between Raleigh Avenue and Fairfax Avenue on Colley Avenue. Alas, in those days, I think Colley Avenue was straight. I think, when it was widened a big curve was put in it, so I think the old Colley Avenue is now called Childrens Lane? Anyone else know anything about this or the Memrose? From what I can remember, I would guess it was BUILT in the 1930’s and was sorta ART DECO.

Charlyn
Charlyn on September 16, 2013 at 9:27 am

I also remember The Memrose only showing Disney Movies. Bambi broke my heart. If I remember correctly there was a drugstore across the street (Colley Ave) and you could see Norfolk General Hospital. Was there also a ‘Highs’?

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