Lee Theatre

519 Virginia Avenue,
Bluefield, VA 24605

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Opened as the Capitol Theatre prior to 1933, it was renovated and rename Robert E. Lee Theatre in 1935. It was still operating in 1950. It was later destroyed by fire.

Contributed by John Coursey

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

The April 5, 1935, issue of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph had an item about the reopening of this house under its new name:

“NEW THEATER TO OPEN

“The ‘Robert E. Lee’ theater, (formerly the Capitol) will open today with many improvements in the interior and projection and sound equipment. The theater is now under the personal direction of T. A. Von Court and Hallie Gilbert, two of the best known theater men in this section, and who also operate the Granada and Rialto theaters in Bluefield and the Royal in Princeton. The first picture to be shown is Shirley Temple in ‘Bright Byes.’ There will be a free matinee for all children under 10 years old on Saturday afternoon.”

I’ve been unable to find any mention of the Capitol Theatre dating from earlier than 1933.

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