New Bluebird Theatre

143 N. Sycamore Street,
Petersburg, VA 23803

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New Bluebird Theatre

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The Palace Theatre dates back to at least 1914 when a BarckHoff organ was installed. That organ was replaced by a Wurlitzer organ in 1922. Still listed as the Palace Theatre in 1955. The New Bluebird Theatre closed in the 1980’s.

Contributed by Chuck, Lost Memory

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ghamilton
ghamilton on January 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm

It has been rebuilt as office space,it appears,although not much use yet.It suffered the same total neglect as the Venus in Manchester area of Richmond.

dsketch
dsketch on November 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm

My grandmother was the manager at the Bluebird during the 70’s and early 80’s. She was also married for a while to the projectionist who worked there. I remember seeing Piranha there and a few spaghetti westerns among others since I was able to get in free. They mostly showed exploitation films, B movies and a lot of black exploitation films during the 70’s (Shaft, Superfly, Blackula etc.) The clientele at that time were largely students from VSU. They may have shown XXX films during the 80’s but I can’t remember since my grandmother left and went to the Walnut Mall theater. It has since been restored but not into a cinema to my knowlege.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff on May 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm

This theater was also renovated in the late sixties by Neighborhood theaters about the same time they renovated the National in downtown Richmond and re-named it the Towne. The renovated Blue Bird often got first run fare that played in Richmond at the same time in roadshow (i.e. 2001, SOUND OF MUSIC,etc.) It was a tiny theater. Among the many movies I saw there: THE MUSIC LOVERS, HELLO DOLLY, PAINT YOUR WAGON, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, PATTON, FIVE EASY PIECES, JOHN AND MARY, OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT, and TORA TORA TORA.

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