Victor Theatre

316 Granby Street,
Norfolk, VA 23510

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 7, 2012 at 4:14 am

A house called the American was listed for Norfolk in the 1913-1914 edition of Julius Cahn’s guide. It was listed as a ground floor house of 1,000 seats, showing moving pictures only.

According to an article in the September 2, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World, Theo Karanicholas, manager of the American Theatre, was one of several Norfolk exhibitors who signed a pledge to follow “…a policy of eliminating the presentation in… Norfolk of photo-plays that will have the tendency to shock and affect the morals of the community….”

As no address is given for the theater in either item, we can’t be positive that they referred to the American Theatre on Granby Street, but as that house was fairly large and in a prime downtown location, that makes it less likely that the name was moved to a different theater in the 1920s.