Naro Expanded Cinema

1507 Colley Avenue,
Norfolk, VA 23517

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Functions: 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 Naro Theatre, in the Ghent section of downtown Norfolk, opened in the 1930’s as the Colley Theatre.

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 19 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 30, 2010 at 4:24 am

Maybe they expaned the concession stand.

robboehm on November 30, 2010 at 4:28 am

Or, perhaps, the “facilities”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 30, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Yes.To that.They might have “expaned” the admission.Lol.

AlanJames on January 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

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 8, 2012 at 12:38 am

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 6:58 pm

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 10:48 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 7:47 pm

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 10:17 pm

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

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