Willow Lawn Theater

1601 Willow Lawn Drive,
Richmond, VA 23230

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Willow Lawn Theater

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The Willow Lawn Theater opened in 1956, and was located in the Willow Lawn Shopping Center. It was designed by the architectural firm Budina & Freeman (today Freeman Morgan Associates).

The theater was Richmond’s first to be equipped for 70mm presentation and was the area’s main roadshow house during the 1950’s & 1960’s. Movies to play here included “Cleopatra”, “Dr. Dolittle” and “Mary Poppins”. The most successful booking in the venue’s history was an 86-week engagement of "The Sound Of Music".

The Willow Lawn Theater was closed in 1981, and was demolished.

The new 4-screen Regal Willow Lawn Cinemas was built on the site, opening in 1990, but this closed in 2001.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Michael Coate

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cinemascope
cinemascope on November 10, 2010 at 9:17 am

When the Willow Lawn opened THE SOUND OF MUSIC in March of 1965, it held the Virginia state premiere, and one of the kids from the cast came for the benefit opening. It played for more than a year and one little nun came every Saturday to see it. We she didn’t, Tom Connell, the manager, would call the rectory to make sure she was OK

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 27, 2010 at 9:33 am

Hope you guys let her in Free.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

The article Tinseltoes linked to credits the design of the Willow Lawn Theatre to the firm of Budina & Freeman. The firm is still in operation as Freeman Morgan Architects. Their web site says that the firm was founded in 1955, and that A. O. Budina retired in 1972.

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