Beacon Theatre

401 N. Main Street,
Hopewell, VA 23860

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cmastersin
cmastersin on January 16, 2014 at 10:57 pm

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

cmastersin
cmastersin on January 16, 2014 at 10:55 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 10:52 pm

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

byrdone
byrdone on November 2, 2011 at 3:22 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.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on July 10, 2011 at 6:46 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.

dsketch
dsketch on November 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm

This is the National Register of Historic Places registration form for the Beacon Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Here are two photos of the Broadway:

Photo1

Photo2

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 8:26 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 24, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Here is another photo of the Beacon Theater.

byrdone
byrdone on January 19, 2008 at 10:00 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 November 16, 2007 at 2:07 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 19, 2007 at 10:44 am

A more recent photo of the Beacon Theater can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 28, 2007 at 10:14 pm

This is a recent close-up of the Beacon Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 25, 2007 at 10:17 am

Here is a 2007 photo of the Beacon Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 11, 2007 at 7:05 pm

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000

Beacon Theatre (added 2000 – Building – #00001434)
Also known as Broadway Theatre
401 N. Main St., Hopewell (Independent City)
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Edwards, Osbert L., Bishop, Fred
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival, Art Deco
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1950-1974
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic, Recreation And Culture, Social
Historic Sub-function: Auditorium, Civic, Meeting Hall, Multiple Dwelling, Professional, Theater
Current Function: Vacant/Not In Use

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 26, 2006 at 3:05 pm

This is a recent photo of the Beacon Theater taken by Seth Gaines.