Memrose Theatre

Colley Avenue and Raleigh Avenue,
Norfolk, VA 23507

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The Memrose Theatre was on Colley Avenue somewhere between Redgate Avenue and and Raleigh Avenue in the Ghent section of town. 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.

Contributed by Bob Jensen

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 9, 2006 at 2:39 am

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 9, 2006 at 3:23 am

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 2:27 pm

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’?

Gini
Gini on May 31, 2016 at 3:34 pm

I grew up right down the street from the Memrose, on Raleigh Avenue. I think that’s where my Mom took me to “see” my first movie — Captain From Castile — when I was six months old. When I was old enough to go on my own, my mother would give me 50 cents — which was enough to pay for the ticket, a box of popcorn and a soda. Those were the days!

Gini
Gini on May 31, 2016 at 3:35 pm

The Melrose was located on Colley Avenue, in the middle of the block between Raleigh and Red Gate Avenue.

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