Virginia Theatre

935 Boardwalk,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Previously operated by: Stanley-Warner Theatres, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

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Located on the Boardwalk and Virginia Avenue. The Virginia Theatre was opened on February 14, 1914 with Gianna Terribili-Gonzales in “Antony and Cleopatra”. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It was later Atlantic City’s premiere theatre that showed roadshow features. The theatre had 70mm and stereophonic sound equipment. The theatre closed at the end of 1973 when the Government purchased the block for future casino development. The theatre sat empty until it was demolished around 1980. The last features that played there were “The Sound Of Music” re-release in 70mm which opened June 27, 1973, followed by “Cabaret” re-release and the last feature to play was “A Touch of Class” with Glenda Jackson and George Segal in 1973. They were scheduled to get the re-release of “Mary Poppins” on August 15, 1973, but didn’t, due to the great success of “A Touch of Class”.

A few of the other features that I remember playing there were, “It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World”, “The Carpetbaggers”, “Gone With The Wind”, “Sweet Charity”, “Krakatoa East of Java”, “Hello Dolly” (non-roadshow engagement that opened June 24, 1970), and “Fiddler On The Roof”, which was done as a reserved performance format instead of roadshow engagement.

Contributed by Mike MArtinelli

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vindanpar
vindanpar on January 2, 2020 at 10:32 pm

Mikeoakland park it seems you went a few times to see Dolly at the Virginia. You should have traveled up to the Asbury Park St James to see it there. A very classy elegant large screen, borders, curtain 70mm roadshow house. As I’ve said I was only there once but had I been older I would have gone probably several times to every roadshow picture there. If I were a billionaire I would rebuild it as a revival house.

I had a friend who was a big fan of Sabatini. He much preferred the Ramon Navarro Scaramouche to the Granger(I love it but I’ve never seen the silent.) He went to look it up at the Lincoln Center library and came back to show me a copy he made of an ad for it. It was for the St James. I thought that was pretty cool. Who needed Granada when they could have had Asbury Park?

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 3, 2021 at 1:13 pm

Vindanpar I am sorry I just saw your comment from January 2020. I saw Dolly originally in Philly at the Randolph when it was a roadshow engagement. The Randolph was a Cinerama theater so it had an amazing curved screen and gold curtains. The next film to play after Dolly was the than x rated I A Woman. They than got Tora Tora Tora another roadshow engagement and 6 months later it was demolished for a parking lot. So sad

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 4, 2021 at 9:08 am

Mikeoaklandpark so I imagine you got to know the theaters of Atlantic City and Philadelphia quite well perhaps with a side trip to Manhattan? Lucky you. It must have been painful watching the Randolph come down.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 4, 2021 at 11:13 am

Vindanpar It was painful to see all the theaters in Philly AC and NYC demolished. AC slowly died once the casino’s came in. The Virginia closed at the end of 73 and didn’t reopen because the government bought the block. I never understood that because everything else stayed open for years on that block. The only thing I can think was Hamid’s lease ran out, but he also closed the Roxy too. The Apollo closed in mid August when their lease ran out with the roadshow engagement of Last Tango In Paris. It was moved to the Margate but not roadshow.

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 9, 2021 at 10:40 pm

So how many roadshow theaters did Atlantic City have? Virginia, Embassy, Shore, Center,…any others? That’s quite a few. I’m surprised the Virginia did not get Oliver! or Funny Girl the two big roadshows of summer ‘69.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 11, 2023 at 11:33 am

The Virginia theatre opened on February 14th, 1914. Grand opening ad posted. It was taken over by the Stanley Company of America in 1918.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on March 11, 2023 at 2:04 pm

Vindanpar Just saw you comment from 2021. I don’t think the Embassy was a roadshow theater except for Dr. Zhivago. It was like the Charles had 1 The Lion In Winter and the Apollo had Last Tango In Paris. Except for the Roxy most of Hamid’s other theaters had roadshow engagements. The Virginia was so plain and boring, no masking or curtains. The Roxy was a show palace. Why that wasn’t his roadshow house still has me scratching my head. I wish someone from his family was on here and could explain that logic. The only reason this closed after the 73 season was the government bought the block and building and would not let him open which was crazy because others on the block did.

MSC77
MSC77 on April 3, 2023 at 10:47 am

A chronology of Atlantic City’s 70mm presentations history has recently been published. The Virginia gets several mentions in the piece.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 3, 2023 at 3:07 pm

Added new photo today

papermoon4
papermoon4 on June 11, 2024 at 6:21 am

The Virginia opened on February 14, 1914, not in 1916 as the overview states.

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