Beacon Theatre

401 N. Main Street,
Hopewell, VA 23860

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Beacon Theatre

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Originally opened as the Broadway Theatre in 1920, it was renamed Beacon Theatre in 1930. It remained in operation until 1981. Six years later, a campaign was launched to restore and reopen the Beacon Theatre. The theatre reopened in 2005 used for special events. It reopened as a live performance venue in January 2014.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 16, 2007 at 11:07 am

Here is a photo of the theater without the marquee:
http://tinyurl.com/2bldmk

byrdone
byrdone on January 19, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Does anybody have any information about the organ that was originally in the Beacon? In the Petersburg newspaper’s coverage of the grand opening there is mention of the $20,000 organ but nothing more about it.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Here are some details about the renovation:
http://tinyurl.com/5sby23

dsketch
dsketch on November 29, 2010 at 10:45 am

My grandmother worked at The Beacon for a while I believe during the 50’s and into the 60’s. My mother also worked there briefly as a concessionist during the early 60’s or late 50’s. I remember my grandmother telling me about how some of the customers complained of rats in the theater while watching the movie. She also managed the Bluebird and Walnut Mall theaters as well. There was another theater called The Century in Petersburg (which was beautiful in its day) that she worked at as well before they demolished it way back in the late 60’s I think.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on July 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm

The Beacon closed for the first time on June 30, 1962. It reopened under new ownership several months later. Hopewell didn’t support it, however, and it closed and reopened several times until it closed permanently. Before it closed for the last time, its name had been changed to the Town.

byrdone
byrdone on November 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm

It is interesting that nobody has mentioned the Beacon’s run as a porn house. The run with porn probably contributed significantly in keeping the wrecking ball at bay.

cmastersin
cmastersin on January 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Beacon Theatre is NOW OPEN! see the website at http://thebeacontheatreva.com/

cmastersin
cmastersin on January 16, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Leon Russell in person was at the Beacon on January 12, 2014. Check the new website for future shows. I have added new pictures to the photo gallery of the restored auditorium, courtesy of the Beacon Theater

cmastersin
cmastersin on January 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

The main image should be changed as well as the official web site address. see http://thebeacontheatreva.com/

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