Dixie Theatre

2129 Jefferson Avenue,
Newport News, VA 23607

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Dixie Theatre

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The Dixie Theatre was located on Jefferson Avenue by 22nd Street. It opened in 1917, and closed in 1972.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

The correct zip code is 23607. Google’s pin icon and street view are several miles too far north. The actual view of the 2200 block of Jefferson Avenue shows that the Dixie Theatre has been demolished.

wsasser on February 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm

According to Newport News City Directories, this theater opened in 1917 and was in business through 1972. It was a theater on Jefferson Ave which was the center of the African American neighborhood at that time.

wsasser on June 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm

Just found several ads that show the address for the Dixie Theater as 2129 Jefferson Ave not 2206. Confirmed such with a Sanborn map for 1919

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 12, 2017 at 8:59 pm

wsasser: Where was the Dixie in relation to Hampton Avenue on the Sanborn map? Currently the highest number on the block is the Food Tiger Market on the corner of Jefferson and Hampton, and its address is 2115 Jefferson.

wsasser on June 13, 2017 at 8:07 am

Joe Vogel – per the 1919 Sanborn Map, The Dixie Theater was located on the corner of Jefferson and 22nd Street at 2129 Jefferson. Hampton Ave ran between 21st and 22nd Street one block to the south (I think) of the theatre. 22nd not longer runs all the way to Jefferson as it appears on the Sanborn map of 1919. I have posted a jpeg of the map with the theater identified and 21, Hampton and 22nd streets visible.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 13, 2017 at 9:02 am

It looks like there has been redevelopment north of Hampton Avenue, the old grid of streets being replaced by a housing project. The Dixie, being odd-numbered, must have been on the west side of Jefferson between Hampton and 22nd, but I was wondering if the Sanborn map showed it being at or near the corner of 22nd Street, or if it was closer to Hampton.

This must have been a very lively entertainment district at one time, with the Lincoln, Moton and Dixie Theatres all within a short distance.

wsasser on June 13, 2017 at 9:15 am

Joe Vogel, I have posted a photo of the map on the photo page. It looks like the Dixie was directly on the corner of 22nd and Jefferson

wsasser on June 13, 2017 at 9:22 am

Joe Vogel, I have some friends from that area and they say the Jefferson was the theatre of choice. It was just down the way on 25th right at Jefferson Ave.

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