Dixie Theater

125 E. Beverly Street,
Staunton, VA 24401

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DavidZornig on October 31, 2018 at 5:38 pm

1918 postcard added courtesy of George & Sharon Sproul.

rivest266 on June 1, 2017 at 11:39 pm

3 screens on April 10th, 1981. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

bowmanwf on March 8, 2017 at 1:03 am

I am looking for a poster for the Dixie Theater “Battle of the Bands” in 1974-75. It had Southern Cross & Cyberous and one other band. It was a great venue for new artists to perform.

Chris1982 on February 20, 2015 at 8:10 am

The Dixie Theatre is no longer showing movies. The Visulite Cinema on N. Augusta is the only movie theatre open in Staunton.

CSWalczak on December 15, 2010 at 4:17 am

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

JackCoursey on May 24, 2010 at 2:53 am

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.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 11, 2009 at 10:50 pm

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

whitmore on December 30, 2007 at 3:40 pm

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.

HowardBHaas on July 11, 2007 at 1:18 am

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

WHITEFIELD on July 11, 2007 at 1:11 am

Here is a great picture.
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wurlitzerorgan on February 23, 2006 at 9:26 pm

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

StauntonTourism on September 23, 2004 at 8:09 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

StauntonTourism on September 8, 2004 at 7:07 pm

The Dixie Theatre is scheduled to become a performing arts center which will include the showing of films on a retractable screen. Until the funds are raised for this project, it will continue to operate as a movie theatre. For details go to their website: www.stauntonperformingarts.org or go the the following website: www.staunton.va.us, go to the “Visitors” section then to the “Arts/Entertainment” section and click on “Theater” and follow the link. As soon as the “Add a Photo” feature is working again on this site, I will add images. Originally built as the New Theatre for vaudeville and for films, the theatre opened in June 1913. A major fire in 1936 destroyed the ornate interior. Noted architect John Eberson redesigned the theatre in the Art Moderne style, and the giant arhed windows along the facade were filled in at this time with decorative tiles. A third floor to the building that was destroyed by the fire was not rebuilt.