Naro Expanded Cinema

1507 Colley Avenue,
Norfolk, VA 23517

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Previously operated by: Wilder Theatres

Functions: Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Colley Theatre, Naro Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 757.625.6276
Manager: 757.625.6275

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Naro Expanded Cinema

The Colley Theatre, in the Ghent section of downtown Norfolk, opened on February 23, 1936 with James Cagney in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. It was still named Colley Theatre in 1957.

Reopened in the early-1970’s as an art house and revival theater, the Naro Theatre has enjoyed success over the years, catering to a loyal audience interested in independent, foreign and limited release features.

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Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

AlanJames on January 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

As they said on re-opening night in 1977-8, the “Expanded Naro was for those who refused to be "Naro-minded” and wanted good, quality, independent cinema! (I was there in the audience that night…I believe it was a double feature of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Mr. Deeds goes to Town…or was that another night…anyway, good to see that there are many “NARO-minded” folks still left in Norfolk to keep this theater from the wrecking ball!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

This photo of the Colley Theatre is dated 1936. Aside from the loss of the vertical sign and the original marquee, and the removal a bit of the nice Art Deco detailing on the ground floor, the facade of this theater is remarkably well preserved.

bufffilmbuff on February 14, 2014 at 9:58 am

Now that the Naro is completely digital I have technical question about their old days. I know during the 70’s and 80’s they had 70mm capacity. But back when the theatre was still called the Colley, did they also have 70mm? I ask since I know the Norfolk premiere showings of both CLEOPATRA and PATTON played there. I know other road show pictures played there in the 60’s as well. Can anyone shed some light on this? Thanks.

sliwi on January 31, 2015 at 1:48 pm

I lived in Norfolk during the 1950s. I lived on Baldwin Ave. around the corner from the Colley Theater. Does any remember whether it had a balcony or not. Please let me know. I spent many Saturday matinees in this theater.

Coffindan on August 24, 2016 at 10:47 am

sliwi, yes it does have a balcony. It’s usually not open these days however. I’m not too sure why.

MSC77 on April 23, 2019 at 1:17 pm

What company or chain ran the Naro in the early 1980s?

MSC77 on October 9, 2022 at 2:33 pm

Sharing the link to a recently-published chronology of the Tidewater region’s 70mm presentation history. The Naro Expanded Cinema is mentioned quite a few times in the piece.

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