Virginian Theatre

705 Lee Street East,
Charleston, WV 25301

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WolfDreamer
WolfDreamer on March 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Shame this is just a parking lot, now. Such a beautiful theater. I think I remember it some from my childhood, but I can’t remember if I watched any movies here.

jackwhittaker
jackwhittaker on October 11, 2007 at 8:33 pm

The Virginian was one of the nicer theaters in Charleston. Nice long marquee stretched the entire front of the theater. As a kid, I remember seeing the silent version of “The Greatest Story Ever Told"
every Easter and The original "The Thing.” (Both movies scared the s*#t out of me but for differnt reasons.) Also the premier of DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” OH. Moses, Moses, Moses!
Good times.

MikeyFortune
MikeyFortune on September 22, 2007 at 12:54 pm

I seem to recall an incident involving a tractor trailer smashing into the marquee of the Virginian after cutting a turn too sharp. This was a beautiful theater with a large balcony. The Virginian played “The Absent Minded Professor” day and date with the Rialto as the crowds for the film were huge. I saw the film at the Virginian as the Rialto was sold out for all performances the day we attended.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 16, 2007 at 8:53 pm

Here is a 1949 ad from the Charleston Daily Mail:
http://tinyurl.com/2bvkty

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 31, 2007 at 10:01 am

A Moller theater organ opus 2843 size 3/10 was installed in the Virginian Theater in 1920. That organ was replaced in 1922 by a Moller theater organ opus 3452.