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 with Joel McCrea in “Wells Fargo”.

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

The Westhampton Theater was last operated by Regal Cinemas showing foreign and independent films that would otherwise not be seen in Richmond. It was closed March 20, 2016.

Contributed by Neal Jackson

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

canibfrankwithyou
canibfrankwithyou on September 21, 2011 at 12:18 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 4:17 am

ALSO PREVIOUSLY OPERATED BY:

CINEPLEX ODEON

NEIGHBORHOOD ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (NEI)

rivest266
rivest266 on April 14, 2013 at 5:24 pm

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

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff on June 17, 2014 at 9:04 pm

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 4:15 pm

Article from Richmond.com scheduled to close this year.

http://www.richmond.com/business/local/article_a4bc37f6-32a1-5122-8def-7662f8708a14.html

jhuber1111
jhuber1111 on January 27, 2015 at 7:52 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.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff on February 8, 2016 at 10:12 am

The most recent news I heard is that this theater will close in May. Has anyone heard any updates?

jhuber1111
jhuber1111 on March 21, 2016 at 6:00 am

The Westhampton closed last night (March 20, 2016). There was no advance notice, although it was well known that it would close sometime this year. I saw a lot of good movies there over the past 45 years, but recently attendance had dropped. There is a lot of competition these days for the entertainment dollar and it is a little surprising that this theater lasted for 78 years. There are a lot of good memories wrapped up in the place and I’ll miss it!

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff on March 30, 2016 at 7:37 am

Sad to see this theater close as it is the last first run theater in town that is not an ugly multiplex. I have a long history with the Westhampton going back to November of 1967 when I first visited there to see GONE WITH THE WIND. I have certainly spent many hours over the last five decades there as movies and exhibition styles have changed.

menright
menright on March 30, 2016 at 9:05 am

Was on business in town about 16 or 17 years ago and had the good fortune to catch a movie there (plus a few at The Byrd).

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