Granby Theater

421 Granby Street,
Norfolk, VA 23510

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Granby Theater

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The Granby Theater originally opened around 1915 as a vaudeville theater and later functioned as a movie theater before closing in 1985, and remaining empty for almost two decades.

It has been restored and renovated into a multi-entertainment center, nightclub, and concert hall called Premiere, with the theme of “where theater meets nightclub.”

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

sdoerr
sdoerr on December 17, 2003 at 6:43 pm

It must have been bought, it is now going through renovation! This place will be great when it opens.

darren
darren on December 18, 2003 at 1:24 am

ok thank you for the info. I sure it will be great when it’s all done thanks again

Lawrence
Lawrence on December 25, 2003 at 8:41 pm

What a treasure! If anyone knows who bought the house please
let me know as I’d sure love to be involved with any film booking
needs.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff on February 15, 2004 at 8:15 pm

I was able to tour this theatre yesterday. Currently it is undergoing extensive renovation scheduled to be completed in May. It will be a nightclub/comedy club/concert venue. The renovation is re-working the space to include a variety of seating options with tables and chairs, theater seats, etc with multiple levels. A dance floor will be created just in front of the stage. Though the theatre will not be used for films, one of the old projectors will be on display. Much of the original plaster was damaged and had to be removed, but ceiling medallions and pedaments are being re-created. Currently the old marquee is down, but is in the process of being restored and re-installed. This theatre has been closed since 1985. It was a movie house. In 1967 it had an extensive renovation and was used for the road show engagements of CAMELOT and FUNNY GIRL. The downtown area unfortunately was in decline and by the early seventies they has slipped to low grade action and horror films. Great to see that three theatres in downtown Norfolk ( the Loews, The Norva and now the Granby) have found new uses. The re-birth of that area is inspiring.

StephenMarder
StephenMarder on March 14, 2004 at 5:41 pm

I’m currently restoring all the plaster work in this theater. The photos will be availible soon. This project started last summer, and is projected to open sometime early this summer. The new name for the theater is The Premiere. The facade and marquee will also be restored. The owners have a website “in progress” at www.premierenorfolk.com

jeffconn
jeffconn on February 7, 2005 at 4:32 pm

The Premiere is still not open. Owner is apparently finding new expensive problems with this old theatre. My impression is he is doggedly persistent, and will stick with it until all the repair work is complete.

teecee
teecee on May 5, 2005 at 9:59 pm

View link

Hope this link works.
The theater reopened on 4/28/05 per the Virginian-Pilot.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 8, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Here is a June 2007 article about the possible re-opening of the Granby:
http://hamptonroads.com/node/282101

chaseD
chaseD on September 8, 2008 at 5:43 pm

If you haven’t been to a wedding or corporate yet…you’re missing out!

I attended a wedding at Granby Theater last weekend and WOW! This place is breathtaking. I just told my boss to have our next holiday party booked here, Can’t wait!

jgenung
jgenung on January 4, 2011 at 2:01 am

I ran shows here in 1967-68 as an extra board operator for Local 550, the now long-gone IA operator’s local. Alonzo T. Hughes was the BA then and set all the projectionist calls from the booth office. It was mostly a B run house then with a heavy Navy attendance and had seen better days. Still, the equipment was well-maintained and was an easy booth to work.

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