Wythe Cinema

2221 Kecoughtan Road,
Wythe,
Hampton, VA 23661

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Wythe Cinema

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Located in the Wythe district of Hampton, at the corner of Kecoughton Road and Chesterfield Road. The Wythe Theatre opened on October 6, 1939, and played second-run movies. Movies would play at the Palace Theatre at Newport News, and then transfer to the Wythe Theatre. The theatres were operated by Gordon family. The Wythe Theatre was still open in 1950. By the late-1960’s it was operating as the Wythe Cinema.

Today it operates as an Auto Zone motor spares store.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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wsasser
wsasser on April 21, 2012 at 3:09 am

Check this link for a photo of the Wythe Theater

http://americanclassicimages.com/Default.aspx?tabid=141&txtSearch=CATAdvancedSearch1%2c-1%2c3%2c1242&catpagesize=25&ProductID=34807

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

This house was a very early shopping center theater. Groceteria.com member carolinatraveler posted this entry on one of the site’s message boards with the following information:

“…the developers of Wythe Shopping Center…opened their center in, as best as I can determine, early 1938. It opened with the Wythe Pharmacy, Wythe Theater, a beauty shop, Fields 5 & 10, and several other small stores….”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2012 at 8:07 pm

The caption of the fourth thumbnail photo on this web page (click the “-Businesses-” link) says that the Wythe Theatre opened on October 6, 1939.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 12, 2012 at 7:47 am

PLEASE CHANGE NAME TO:

WYTHE CINEMA (THAT WAS ITS NAME BY 1967)

PREVIOUS NAME:

WYTHE THEATRE

PREVIOUSLY OPERATED BY:

GORDON ENTERPRISES

MARTIN THEATRES

wsasser
wsasser on August 31, 2012 at 9:14 pm

When the Wythe opened, prices were as follows:

Afternoons: .25
Evenings: .35
Children – any time: .10

wsasser
wsasser on August 31, 2012 at 9:17 pm

The Wythe Statement of Policy as noted in the Oct 4, 1939 ad

The Wythe is operated by the owners of the Palace Theatre….100% local. The same high-calibre pictures the Palace brought to the Peninsula will be shown here. First-run for the first time on the lower Peninsula. We bid you welcome. Leonard & Julian Gordon

Complete air conditioning – lots of Parking space – Ultra-Comfortable Seats

The Peninsula’s Smartest, Most Modern Theater

wsasser
wsasser on January 22, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Per local newspaper ads, the Wythe operated from 1939 to 1981

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