Basie Theatre

132 West Queen Street,
Hampton, VA 23669

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Basie Theatre

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The Lyric Theatre was open prior to 1921 as a vaudeville & movie theatre for African-American audiences. In November 1947 it was renamed Basie Theatre, and closed in 1955.

Contributed by Chief Bob Jensen

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wsasser
wsasser on April 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Dark Manhattan:

According to the Internet Movie Data Base:

This was the first all-black film produced in Hollywood.

wsasser
wsasser on March 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Found the news story that showed the Lyric closed on Aug 31, 1947 and reopened on Nov 8, 1947 as the Basie, named after Count Basie. Count Basie played 5 concerts on April 24, 1948

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