Millwald Theater

205 W. Main Street,
Wytheville, VA 24382

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Millwald Theater

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The Millwald Theater was operating in 1941, when it is listed with a seating capacity of 424. Later converted into three screens, by dividing the balcony, it closed as a movie theatre in 2006, and now houses a church.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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rdpatton
rdpatton on April 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm

I actually Pastor the church in question here. I’m not quite sure why people assume we would tear down the marquee. We moved into a badly maintained building in need of much repair. We have limited our renovations to the inside, to adapt the facility for our purposes. Yes … it’s a church now. The exterior has been maintained as it was except for paint. It would be a shame for that to go away. Come by for a tour sometime.

Patsy
Patsy on April 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Pastor Robbie: I see that you just joined CT today so welcome aboard! I travel from NYS to NC each winter so may just stop by for a pastorial tour. If you spend much time on CT, you will soon learn that more than a few theatres are now churches. Do you have any childhood memories of the Millwald? If not, do any of your congregation members have memories that you could share with us?

Patsy
Patsy on April 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm

It’s a shame that the Millwald was “a badly maintained building in need of much repair”. If that hadn’t been the case, it would still be a theatre though the fact that you are there now is a blessing, imo.

rdpatton
rdpatton on April 29, 2008 at 2:09 pm

I grew up in Wythe County. When I was a kid, the balcony was still intact, and the Millwald was the only theater in town. It was sad to see the building when we moved in. I can honestly say that much of the building had caved in. Everything was really bad. We’re slowly renovating. This building was once beautiful and state of the art. Maybe we can bring back some of that glory. After all, aren’t churches supposed to be about restoration?

Patsy
Patsy on April 29, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Pastor Robbie: Amen to your remarks and I only wish you well. I’ll let you know via this link when I come through Wytheville VA enroute to Charlotte. Or you can email me at I’ve been in the town years ago, but wasn’t into old theatres then and therefore did NOT have the theatre “bug”. I recall the office supply store with the large yellow pencil. Are the seats still in the Millwald and if so, what condition are they in?

Patsy
Patsy on April 29, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Also read that the theatre was a multiplex with 4 screens after it being a single screen theatre so that tells me that it was divided in some way? In many cases theatres are divided between the lower auditorium and the balcony area which such is the case with a theatre in Wellsville NY which I have visited.

Patsy
Patsy on April 29, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Interesting post on Feb. 18, 2007 of how the theatre came to be named the Millwald. And even the Millwald isn’t in the condition that we all wish, at least the town still has the brick building with the name MILLWALD on it and the art deco marquee! Amen!

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on September 13, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Here and here are 2009 photos of the Millwald.

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