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Pitts Theatre was an 873-seat Art Deco style cinema opened in 1938 in Culpeper, VA. It was part of the Pitts' Theatres chain in central Virginia owned by Senator Benjamin Pitts. The manager of the chain was my grandfather, T.I. Martin.
The chain was sold in 1970 to R/C Theatres (owned by Richard Cohen?) He renovated the theatre by removing some seating and covering the walls with gold fabric. After renovation it seated about 900. The balcony was originally used by African-Americans who entered the theatre through a separate entrance at the street level.
The State Theatre is reborn after a nine and a half million dollar renovation. It is a working movie theatre and a world class performance center. Partnering with the Library of Congress, the State Theatre has 35mm and digital projection. The grand opening is set for May 11, 2013, with Lyle Lovett.
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