Dan Theatre

115 S. Union Street,
Danville, VA 24541

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Blueprints - Main floor / 1939

Located in a conversion of The Register newspaper building, the Dan Theatre was opened in 1939. By 1941, the Dan Theatre was operated by the Paramount-Wilby-Kincey Theater Circuit. It was also at some period of time an African-American theatre.

The Dan Theatre was still open in 1953.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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jthackworth2000 on December 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

The Dan Theater was a conversion of The Register newspaper building. The conversion happened in 1939 according to blueprints filed with the City of Danville by H.F. Kincey. The Dan Theater had two box offices one for whites and one for blacks. Each had their own lobby. The lobby for the blacks was located on the balcony level. According to the blueprints for the Dan Theater the capacity for the Dan was around 725 people and the theater was decorated in an art-deco style. The auditorium was very plain looking much like the North Theater auditorium (1947). The Dan Theater was famous for it hold-overs from the Capitol Theater and the “bottom of the barrel” westerns; meaning you could see the same chase scene in 3 different movies. The theater seems to have closed by the late 1950’s and was taken over by Kresge Co. Today the building is used for storage and was once the office of the Commonwealth Attorney. The theater floor is still there and the front portion of the colored lobby upstairs but little else remains.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 31, 2018 at 3:15 am

Ad from January 22, 1953 posted in photo section.

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