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

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KevMett
KevMett on July 19, 2006 at 4:38 am

Apparently some seats were lost in the renovation. What John RL fails to mention is that, unlike the “corporate 12-plex down the street”, the Westhampton features Williamsburg architecture, including a fireplace and requisite portrait hanging over it, a huge, gorgeous mirror in the lobby, and some original signage from the early days, including a “Men’s Lounge” sign to indicate the men’s restroom. There are also paintings displayed by a local art league, as well as many brass fixtures (stanchions and door plates) which are kept highly polished by Robert, the Westhampton doorman of many years.

To be fair, I’m a former manager, so I maybe be a bit biased. It is a grand old movie house in my eyes.

KevMett
KevMett on July 19, 2006 at 4:40 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 3, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Here is a photo of the Westhampton Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 9, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Another 1987 photo is here.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on February 13, 2010 at 8:48 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
cinemascope on November 10, 2010 at 9:15 am

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 2:18 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
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.

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