600 E. Grace Street,
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Richmond CenterStage (Official)
Previously operated by: Loew's Inc.
Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson
Previous Names: Loew's Theatre, Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts
News About This Theater
- Aug 28, 2009 — The curtain (finally) rises
- Jul 30, 2009 — Richmond CenterStage complex nearing completion
- Dec 27, 2004 — Carpenter Center Closes for Two-Year Renovation Project
Designed by John Eberson as Loew’s Theatre, the theater first opened its doors in 1928. The Loew’s Theatre ended its days as a movie theater in 1979 and was restored and reopened in 1983 as a performing arts center, the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts.
The Carpenter Center closed in late December 2004 for a $73 million renovation and restoration, becoming part of the downtown peforming arts complex known as Richmond CenterStage.
CenterStage reopened the Carpenter Theatre on September 12, 2009. It now features a larger stagehouse to accomodate Broadway shows, and an enlarged lobby area. The former Carpenter Center, which has been renamed the Carpenter Theatre, is one of four distinct venues that make up Richmond CenterStage, which also include the Libby Gottwald Community Playhouse, Rhythm Hall, and the Showcase Gallery.
The theatre was added in 1979 to the National Register of Historic Places
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