Wayne Cinemas I & II

521 W. Main Street,
Waynesboro, VA 22980

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Wayne Cinemas I & II

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A 1926 small town theater with orchestra pit and organ. Converted to talking pictures in 1929. Major addition in 1949 to expand seating to 450 and moderized restrooms and concessions.

R/C Theaters divided into two screens in 1980. Closed and given to the City of Waynesboro in 1999. Wayne Theatre Alliance formed and is handling reuse and renovation/restoration.

Contributed by Bill Hausrath

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

wurlitzerorgan on February 23, 2006 at 4:20 pm

The organ burned up in a fire many years ago.

kencmcintyre on September 9, 2006 at 6:00 pm

Here is a 1955 photo. Ronald Reagan didn’t warrant marquee status by that time, apparently:

kateymac01 on July 12, 2007 at 2:38 am

This theater makes a little cameo in “Evan Almighty.”

kateymac01 on July 23, 2007 at 2:07 am

Lost Memory: I am looking of that photo of the Wayne and wondering what’s been covered up by boards. Did that say “Cinema”?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Nice looking theatre,thanks chuck.

bicyclereporter on December 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm

the marquee was zoomed in on in “Evan Almighty.”

thom5340 on August 1, 2015 at 10:02 am

Great News!! Check out this link regarding the restoration of the Wayne Theatre:http://www.dailyprogress.com/newsvirginian/news/local/waynesboro-theatre-alliance-marks-renovation-milestone-with-topping-ceremony/article_9bad87f2-3714-11e5-9128-e3958bdab49b.htm

I would love to talk to anyone with information regarding the Pipe Organ that was installed there. Records indicate that it was a 1925 Link Pipe Organ.

Please contact me directly at


thom5340 on September 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm

I FINALLY got a reply from The Wayne Theatre Alliance.

I offered them a FREE restored Theatre Pipe Organ to replace the original for the restoration project from a local donor and they did not respond. After several attempts, they finally replied and then refused the donation, but wanted the information regarding the size and space requirements as well as all the research I had gathered on the original Link Pipe Organ.

The Donor was rather upset since they didn’t reply to any of the emails or telephone calls. I would think a restoration of a silent movie theatre would include a Theatre Pipe Organ!

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