New Star Theater

6 E. Main Street,
Richwood, WV 26261

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New Star Theater

The New Star Theatre was built in 1922 to replace the earlier Star Theatre which had been destroyed by fire. The New Star Theatre continued until at least 1950.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on March 1, 2007 at 5:53 pm

Here is another photo, which I was trying to post when LM rudely interrupted. 8-)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 3, 2012 at 12:49 am

Many buildings in Richwood were destroyed by a general conflagration on August 15, 1921, and the original Star Theatre was among them. The original Star was listed in the 1913-1914 Cahn-Leighton guide as a 500 seat, ground floor house, but the theater had been in operation since at least August, 1908, when it advertised in various issues of The Billboard that it was seeking a piano player.

Here’s an item from Exhibitors Trade Review of December 3, 1921: “RICHWOOD, W. VA.— Charles Halt will build to replace Star Theater recently burned.”

The NRHP registration form for the Downtown Richwood Historic District says that the New Star Theatre was designed by Huntington, West Virginia, architect Levi J. Dean.

Erasmusinwv2 on July 5, 2012 at 5:34 am

Is this theater still around? I am in the process of buying and rehabbing the Philippi Grand and if it proves profitable I want to work on reopening other theaters in WV, KY, OH, PA, MD, and VA. There are so many wonderful old theaters with more character than any modern cookie cutter places.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 6, 2012 at 12:03 am

Erasmus: The Star Theatre building is still standing, but the interior has long since been reconfigured for use as retail space. You’d essentially have to build a new theater inside the shell, assuming the building is even on the market.

Mh on July 25, 2015 at 5:49 am

I’d like to buy this property. I’m the great-grand daughter of the man that built this. Both times.

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