Westhampton Theater

5706 Grove Avenue,
Richmond, VA 23226

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Westhampton Theater

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The Westhampton Theater is a 1938 built movie house that was originally a single screen theater with a balcony. It opened on March 5, 1938.

In the 1980’s, the balcony was converted to a second screen.

The Westhampton Theater, still operated by Regal Cinemas, now shows foreign and independent films that would otherwise not be seen in Richmond.

Contributed by Neal Jackson

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

KevMett on July 19, 2006 at 7:40 am

My posting lost the first line, which was:

There are 480 seats in the downstairs auditorium and 279 in the upstairs (old balcony) auditorium.

JackCoursey on February 13, 2010 at 11:48 pm

The Westhampton is definitely among an elite group of cinemas which merit making a two hour drive to see a film there. Exterior shots from 2010: 1, 2, 3

cinemascope on November 10, 2010 at 12:15 pm

In the summer of 1968 we played 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm and six track stereo with all seats reserved. I was in Huguenot High School and got a job as an usher and was always surprised to see all the hippies reserve the first two rows. My buddy Mark Albert told me they were dropping acid and waiting for the light show at the end to truly space out. The next summer, when we played WOODSTOCK, we had to discontinue our no shirts/no shoes/no admission policy because all the flower kids were coming that hot hot sumer with neither. In 1975, the Westhampton played the first run showing of JAWS. Now it plays strictly art and foreign fare, but in the 1970’s it was a big player and it was where I launched the midnight movie series with brother Terry Young. We moved them to the Ridge because the kids kept screwing with the chandeliers and artwork.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 16, 2011 at 5:18 am

The entry for architect A.O. Budina in the 1956 edition of the AIA’s American Architects Directory lists the Westhampton Theatre in Richmond as one of his projects from the year 1938.

canibfrankwithyou on September 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

One of the “Norelco” AA projectors were removed and installed at the “Ridge” during renovations. Platters were installed in two projector booths at this time.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 26, 2012 at 7:17 am




rivest266 on April 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm

This opened on March 5th, 1938. It’s grand opening ad has been uploaded in the photo section.

bufffilmbuff on June 18, 2014 at 12:04 am

Rumor has it that the Westhampton will close at the end of this summer and be demolished. Can anyone confirm this?

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on January 26, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Article from Richmond.com scheduled to close this year.


jhuber1111 on January 27, 2015 at 10:52 am

That is sad news, there have been rumors it would close for several years. But it is still open at the moment and I urge anyone who hasn’t been there to go and check it out before it closes. There are some wonderful architectural details inside. This theater has anchored this vibrant neighborhood for over 75 years and it will be sorely missed.

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