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The Virginia Theatre opened May 22, 1947, with Dick Haymes in “Carnival in Costa Rica”. Designed by architect John Eberson, the theatre claimed it had the largest stage and screen in the Washington area.
Inside the auditorium, the side-walls had a mural by the Maragliotti Studio in New York, of exotic birds painted in luminescent paints and activated by ultraviolet lights.
Operated by the Alexandria Amusement Company, the Virginia Theatre was completely refurbished and redecorated in the fall of 1966. In 1975, live shows were staged, as well as film presentations continuing. A Grand Barton theatre organ was installed in the Virginia Theatre. It was said to have been originally built in 1931, and was the last Barton organ to be manufactured. Organist Jean Lautzenheiser played the organ on Thursday nights during 1975.
The Virginia Theatre closed in summer of 1976 and was demolished.
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