Newport Theater

3541 Newport Avenue,
Norfolk, VA 23508

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Previously operated by: Wilder Theatres

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Newport Theater

This was a neighborhood theater on Newport Avenue at W. 35th Street in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1928 it was equipped with a Robert Morton 2 manual 9 ranks organ. It had a balcony and I went there in 1961. It wasn’t a large theater and it was just down the street from the Rosna Theatre which was on W. 35th Street.

The Newport Theater was demolished in 2012.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm




Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm

636 W. 35th St. is the address of the Rosna Theatre which is also listed here on CT.

Local619 on July 2, 2012 at 5:08 am

Went to the Newport as a kid.. saw several Disney movies there.. AKC’s address looks right, I remember the entrance around the corner on Newport Ave.

jimharwood on October 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Apparently this theater has been demolished. There is a video over at Youtube of the demolition.

wsasser on October 24, 2012 at 2:08 am

Got this note from a friend that lives close to the Newport:

The end of an era. The Newport Theater in Norfolk is now an empty lot.

Local619 on November 5, 2013 at 1:03 am

Google aerials still show the Newport but Street View shows demolition in progress.. 04 NOV 2013.

Jjloiz on November 9, 2013 at 1:33 am

My grandfather was a projectionist in the early forties. My mother would sometimes play the organ. I remember visiting the projection booth and my grandfather holding more up to see the movie out the window of the booth when I was a small child.

paulnelson on November 9, 2013 at 1:46 am

Sweet marquee and box office design.

Merritt50 on November 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

My first experience at the Newport was with my Mother, we walked to it one evening and saw the Creature from the Black Lagoon. As I grew up in the surrounding neighborhoods we would always go to the Newport or the Rosna which was around the corner on 35th street. Both theaters were great but I loved the Balcony at the Newport. As a younger we saw so many movies at the Newport and I ended up working at the Newport and the Rosa as a Usher and learned to be a projectionist for a while. It was a wonderful experience since most of the theaters back then were own by the Levine company and we got to help out at other places too. RoadShow movies were big in the 60’s and I worked Throughly Modern Millie, Gone with the Wind, Space Odessey ect. What a great time.

rivest266 on July 10, 2022 at 1:51 pm

The Newport Theatre opened on February 21st, 1928 with “The Opening Night”. Grand opening ad posted.

Newport theatre openingNewport theatre opening 20 Feb 1928, Mon Virginian-Pilot and the Norfolk Landmark (Norfolk, Virginia)

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