Naro Expanded Cinema

1507 Colley Avenue,
Norfolk, VA 23517

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Naro Expanded Cinema

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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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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 1, 2010 at 11:23 am

Nice photos Lost Memory.

robboehm
robboehm on May 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm

what is EXPANDED about the Naro? It’s still a single screen. The seating capacity has not changed. According to an earlier posting after the renovation the screen size was reduced. Could somebody enlighten me?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Maybe they expaned the concession stand.

robboehm
robboehm on November 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Or, perhaps, the “facilities”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 30, 2010 at 10:53 am

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

AlanJames
AlanJames on January 28, 2012 at 8:00 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 12:38 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
bufffilmbuff on February 14, 2014 at 7:58 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.

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