East End Theater

418 N. 25th Street,
Richmond, VA 23223

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East End Theater

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A classic, although worn and not kept up as it should be, Art Deco style theater in downtown Richmond, VA. It opened in 1938 and closed in 1970. It was designed by Henry Carl Messerschmidt, who also was architect of the Lee Theater (now the Grace Street Theater) and Bellevue Theater in Richmond.

Shame that this theater’s gone downhill – renovation could be a turning point in bringing back the magic this part of the city once had.

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maryanneconmy
maryanneconmy on December 8, 2007 at 11:25 pm

The current owner of the East End Theater is looking to sell what is left after she gutted the building. She planned to transform the East End Theater into her home but unfortuately left the building blighted and vacant where it serves as a reminder of the once thriving neighborhood theater. Church Hill residents hope there is someone interested in purchasing and restoring this Art Deco theater with historic tax credits and/or other incentives for restoration projects. To learn more about our neighborhood and the East End Theater, visit www.chpn.net
For information on the land and building value, address, owner, etc. go to the City of Richmond’s property search link and enter the following map reference number to see the land and building assessments, property dimentions, address, etc.: E0000337009
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byrdone
byrdone on January 20, 2008 at 5:16 pm

About all that’s left of the East End is the walls, would it be practical to even attempt to rehab it? If something isn’t done soon the weather will deteriorate what’s left to the point that it is unstable and the city will have it demolished before it falls. I saw a lot of movies there growing up, would hate to see it go but…

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 18, 2010 at 10:31 am

This theater may get a second life: View link

alisonbc
alisonbc on April 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm

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gosh i love this place. it is just two blocks up the street from my house (n. 25th). there are are some pics i have taken..

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm

The East End Theatre was one of four new houses either under construction, planned, or recently opened by Benjamin Pitts Enterprises, according to an article on this page of the August 14, 1937, issue of Boxoffice.

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