E. 1st Street,
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The New Virginia Theatre appears to have opened in 1908 by W.O. Yard. It had an air cooling system that used water from the town’s coal mine. The theatre converted to sound. Manager L.T. Gullfoyle made news by defying a non-Sunday operation blue law and was promptly arrested.
Western star Ken Maynard and his horse, Tarzan, made a personal appearance at the theatre in the 1930’s. The Virginia Theatre was listed as (Closed) in 1940 & 1941. The Chakeres Circuit gave the theatre a streamlined makeover with new neon signage. The theatre suffered a fire in 1946 and, though rebuilt, may not have relaunched movies.
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