Dunbar Theater

660 Church Street,
Norfolk, VA 23501

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Dunbar Theater

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Open at least from 1949 into the 1950’s, this was an African-American theater. The theater was about two storefronts wide and had a V shaped marquee with the letters ‘DUNBAR’ set on the top of the marquee. To the left of the theater was the Bird-Land Fantasy Barber Shop, next was the Palace Resturant with Fountain Service and on the corner Barr Brds. Everything has been torn down and a giant U.S. Post Office now covers the entire block.

The theater was named after the Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) of Dayton, Ohio, an African-American poet, novelist, and playwright.

Contributed by Chief Bob Jensen
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