Victoria Theater

1014 Caroline Street,
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 28, 2013 at 7:44 am

The 1939 issue of Battlefield, the annual publication of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, had this courtesy ad from Pitts' Theatres, listing all of the twenty houses the chain had in operation that year.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 27, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Pitts Theatres was headquartered in Fredericksburg, and this house most likely became the chain’s flagship when it opened. It was one of four projects that were either underway, planned, or recently completed when a story about Benjamin Pitts appeared on this page of the August 14, 1937, issue of Boxoffice.

Photos of the Victoria and two of the other projects, the East End Theatre in Richmond and the Pitts Theatre (later renamed the South Theatre) in Emporia, show that they all had essentially the same facade design, differing only in their size (the Victoria was the largest.) The East End Theatre was designed by Richmond architect Henry Carl Messerschmidt, and it is likely that the Victoria and the house in Emporia were also his designs.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm

It would play quality features then the next week book in the X -rated “MINX”.There was a Colonial Theatre there,wonder if it under went a name change?Also the city had a Drive-in too.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 23, 2010 at 7:51 am

October 30th 1937 grand opening ad is at View link

ghamilton
ghamilton on November 28, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Walked by this hulking,massive theater today.(my wife loves trolling the cutsie shops on Caroline St.)It still looks like a theater.Been trying to get inside for years.It has a large stage house,so must have been a great place at one time.