Plaza Theatre

607 Colley Avenue,
Norfolk, VA 23507

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Possible Plaza Theatre photo from the earky `60's courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

The Plaza Theatre was open from about 1935 to 1980. It was operated by Levine Theatrical Enterprises.

Contributed by Chief Bob Jensen

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Jones Institute of Eastern Virginia Medical School has the address 601 Colley Avenue, so the footprint of that large building probably includes the former site of the Plaza Theatre.

DavidZornig on December 22, 2014 at 6:13 pm

I added a photo that is possibly the Plaza Theatre. The Levine’s name accompanies it above what appears to be a marquee overhang. Photo from the early `60’s, courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Comparing the map and satellite views with the photo David uploaded, I suspect that Colley Avenue was drastically realigned at some point. The photo shows a straight street, and the modern street curves. I suspect that the street now called Children’s Lane, in the middle of the Sentara General Hospital grounds and EVMS campus, is the old alignment of Colley Avenue. That would mean that the actual site of the Plaza Theatre would now be at least partly under the footprint of the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, on Children’s Lane north of Olney Road.

DavidZornig on December 22, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Someone pointed out that “Levine’s” also appears horizontally on the neighboring building. Levine’s was apparently a chain store in Dallas. But I can find no similar Plaza Theatre buildings there or in Texas for that matter.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Levine is a fairly common surname, so there were probably other stores called Levine’s around the country that were unrelated to the Texas chain. A store called Levine’s located next door to a theater operated by Levine Theatrical Enterprises might even have been a coincidence.

JGKlein on September 17, 2016 at 12:35 pm

DavidZornig, I am sure you posted this photo in good faith, but I highly doubt that it’s of the former Plaza Theatre on Colley Ave. in Norfolk, VA. This photo looks like a much larger metropolitan area. 607 Colley Ave. looks nothing like this at all. It is a residential area, which includes the historic Central Baptist Church. However, thanks for the well-meaning contribution.

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