Virginian Theatre

705 Lee Street East,
Charleston, WV 25301

Unfavorite 1 person favorited this theater

Showing 6 comments

Emmaloudobies on September 10, 2016 at 11:18 pm

My Grandmother, Louise Smith and Great Grandmother Narcissus Thomas owned the Mary Ann Candy Shop at same address as the Virginian Theatre, Charleston, WV, circa 1942-1943, 705 Lee Street. At that time, I don’t believe the theaters sold refreshments, so theater goers would buy from her candy shop. I have not been able to find anything on the internet about Mary Ann Candy Shop, but do have a picture of the front of it which shows the address.

WolfDreamer on March 15, 2010 at 3:14 am

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 on October 12, 2007 at 4:33 am

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 on September 22, 2007 at 8:54 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 on September 17, 2007 at 4:53 am

Here is a 1949 ad from the Charleston Daily Mail: