Dixie Theater

125 E. Beverly Street,
Staunton, VA 24401

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Dixie Theater

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Opened in 1913 as the New Theatre by local architectural firm T. J. Collins and Sons, this gem is located at the intersection of Beverley and Market Streets in downtown Staunton.

The theater’s exterior features dramatic arches (inlaid with terra cotta tiles), false windows (also decorated with terra cotta tiles), and, above the arches, four laughing theatrical faces. After a fire in 1936 destroyed the original interior, it was rebuilt in Art Moderne style by John Eberson.

The Dixie Theater’s old vertical marquee is gone and the theater has been split into four small auditoriums, but its exterior still retains much of this old theater’s charm.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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StauntonTourism
StauntonTourism on September 23, 2004 at 3:09 pm

The Dixie is open with three screens and the fourth should open shortly. Fresh popcorn with REAL butter, thank you very much. Currently showing through tonight “De-Lovely”, “The Notebook” and “The Manchurian Candidate” with most films changing tomorrow. The theatre is now operating as “The Dixie Theater” with volunteers supplimenting limited paid staff. New carpeting throughout (no more sticky floors!) and much, much cleaner thanks to volunteers spenidn gweeks to clean and paint. Theatre Telephone: 540-885-8445

wurlitzerorgan
wurlitzerorgan on February 23, 2006 at 4:26 pm

Does anyone have information about the original theatre/pictures of the original theatre?

WHITEFIELD
WHITEFIELD on July 10, 2007 at 8:11 pm

Here is a great picture.
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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 10, 2007 at 8:18 pm

Bring back the cool Deco vertical blade sign seen in 1955 photo!

whitmore
whitmore on December 30, 2007 at 10:40 am

The Dixie has always been a part of my life. I was Asst. Mgg. at the Dixie in 1951 and 1952, under Frank Shaffer. Many friends were made and still part of my life. Looking forward to when it will become a performing arts theatre. Gene Whitmore, Roanoke,Va.

DonLewis
DonLewis on January 11, 2009 at 5:50 pm

A 1996 view of the Dixie Theater (4) in Staunton.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on May 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

2010 photos of the Dixie Theatre:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
This is a real showpiece. Although the auditorium has been carved into four mini cinemas, it apparently has not inflicted much damage to the original design and could be restored to its former glory.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 14, 2010 at 11:17 pm

The theater just got new seats and other improvements and now is running first run films, but its life as a movie theater is apparently going to be limited to about five more years, after which it will converted to a live performance center: http://www.nbc29.com/Global/story.asp?S=13672914

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