Cameo Theater

703 State Street,
Bristol, VA 24201

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Functions: Live Music Venue

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: All American Family Cinema

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Cameo Theater

The Cameo Theater was opened on March 30, 1925. A nice Art Deco style gem on the street that borders TN and VA. The theatre closed as a movie theater on April 29, 1982. It became home to WHCB radio, followed by a church. By 2021 it was operating as a live music venue.

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Mikeoaklandpark on July 5, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Does anyone know what year this theater closed? I go to Bristol all the time to antique and was curious. There is a picture from 1983 that looks like the theater was closed than. As of yesterday 7/4/09 it is still for sale. At least the Paramount down the street is open.

LostTheaters on December 3, 2012 at 8:16 am

I was fortunate enough to be able to see the inside of the Cameo this weekend. It was a day of mixed feelings. Happy to see a bit of theater history, sad to see what time has done. It has been closed a very long time. But the building and theater still stand.

wolfie60 on September 6, 2013 at 11:48 am

I have mixed the sound at the Cameo Theater for the last 12 during Bristol Rhythm and Roots festival. There is no better place the acoustics are great its ashame someone don`t take it over if I had the money I would.

JobbyRosh on October 23, 2016 at 9:13 am

The Cameo was open for a bit during the late 80’s/early 90’s I saw The Little Mermaid and Beaches there. They started showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight on Saturdays and a kid that i went to school with was wrapped in toilet paper & someone lit him on fire. He was ok but they shut down again soon after. I hope it can come into good hands soon. I saw The Rescuers there as a little kid

newmoviestheatres on December 20, 2017 at 7:34 am

i loved going to cameo as akid i was so sad to see it closed we really need a movie theatre downtown thank goodness new owners bought it and the cameo will be open again in 2018 i cant wait and hopefully very soon i be one the first customers.

richardg on April 14, 2021 at 2:35 pm

The Cameo is now open as a concert venue. When I saw it almost two years ago,it was still being worked on but the owner told me they had already done a couple of band performances. There are no immediate plans to show movies

50sSNIPES on February 27, 2022 at 8:01 am

Opened On March 30, 1925.

rivest266 on June 21, 2023 at 11:12 am

Grand opening ad posted.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 21, 2023 at 11:48 pm

The 1925-built Cameo Theatre is listed in the 1929 FDY with 800 seats. It was one of six movie houses listed for the two Bristols (no British euphemism intended) that year. The NRHP registration form for the Bristol Commercial Historic District says the Cameo’s façade was remodeled in 1950 and again in 1970. Since the form was prepared there has been another major remodeling of the façade, and the current Art Deco look is entirely ahistorical, having been created for the 2021 reopening of the house.

Since reopening, the Cameo has launched a new official web site. It gives the current seating capacity as 510.

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