Westhampton Theater

5706 Grove Avenue,
Richmond, VA 23226

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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?

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

RayBentley
RayBentley on January 23, 2006 at 4:25 pm

When we had the roadshow premiere of SWEET CHARITY there in the summer of 1969, the only celebrity we could muster up was Shirley Maclaine’s childhood ballet teacher, who remembered her fondly for the sell out crowd.

jhuber
jhuber on June 7, 2005 at 4:42 pm

The Westhampton opened in 1938. It is one of only two reamining movie houses still open inside the city limits of Richmond. All the other area theaters are multiplexes located in the surburbs near shopping malls.

cjrlauve
cjrlauve on July 15, 2004 at 4:11 am

The theater is great. It is in a quaint neighborhood. They take the time to play the art-house movies that otherwise wouldn’t be shown in Richmond.

The downside is that Regal has made much of it look like the other half-dozen theaters they own in town. The uniforms are the same, same bad popcorn, same concessions, same pre-movie slides. It is hard to not feel like it is still the same place as the corporate 12-plex down the street.

Camden
Camden on July 14, 2004 at 6:56 pm

Very nice theatre. I like this place a lot. I never saw it when it was a single screen, unfortunately, but it’s very charming today. Well decorated in the lobby. It’s a real asset for Richmond and its neighborhood.

Camden

William
William on December 6, 2003 at 5:53 pm

The Westhampton Theatre seated 848 people when it was a single screen theatre.

JIMCOBB
JIMCOBB on February 13, 2002 at 5:57 pm

In the 60’s the Westhampton was converted to 70mm with a huge screen and stereo sound and handled the roadshows of such films as LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, MY FAIR LADY, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and GONE WITH THE WIND. It was advertised as “The House of Todd-Ao”.