Old Town Theater
815 1/2 King Street,
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Architects: Harry A. Brandt
Previous Names: Richmond Theater, Old Town 1-2
News About This Theater
- Jul 15, 2013 — New life for Old Town Theater
- Jan 28, 2012 — Old Town Theater likely to become retail
- Jan 5, 2012 — Iconic Old Town Theater to close doors for good this weekend
- Mar 3, 2004 — Today's Newsreel
Originally opened as the Richmond Theater in 1914, it was the first permanent theater constructed in Alexandria and screened silent movies and vaudeville. The owners reportedly operated a vaudeville theater on the first floor and a dance hall on the second floor until around 1932, and the dance floor was later replaced with a balcony.
The cinema was twinned in 1980, making the balcony a second screen, and re-opened as the Old Town 1-2.
The Old Town was closed in 1999, and was reopened on Valentine Day 2002, after renovations were completed bringing the bathrooms up to ADA approved code, replacing the seats to a comfortable level and adding lighting and sound systems. The screen was removed opening the stage for live plays and a comedy venue. In December 2002, the Old Town Theater was closed.
The Old Town Theater re-opened in February 2004 with “Gone With the Wind” and “Philadelphia Story”. It was closed in early-January 2012 and later that year the façade was being restored. It reopened as a live performance theatre, but was closed in 2014. In August 2019 it was announced that plans were put forward to convert the Old Town Theatre into a Patagonia clothing store, keeping the stage and balcony for events, with a planned opening for March 2020.
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