Basie Theatre

132 West Queen Street,
Hampton, VA 23669

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Basie Theatre

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The Lyric Theatre was opened in 1919 as a vaudeville & movie theatre for African-American audiences. In November 1947 it was renamed Basie Theatre, and closed around 1965.

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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 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

wsasser on September 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Local records indicate that the Lyric operated from 1919 to 1947 when it was renamed the Basie. The Basic was open into 1965 and was dismantled in 1966. I can remember the Basie in the early to mid-60s. It was a few blocks from the Langley which was the white theater in Hampton.

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