Madison Theatre

149 W. Main Street,
Orange, VA 22960

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Previously operated by: Pitts' Theaters Inc.

Functions: Office Space

Styles: Colonial Revival

Previous Names: Masonic Opera House, Pitts Madison Movie House

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Constructed in 1885, as both a live perfomance venue and a Masonic facility. It was showing silent films early in the century(20th). Unlike the other Orange theater, it made the switch to sound. Extensive remodeling in the early-1920’s and was renamed Pitts-Madison Movie House in 1936.

Operated by Pitts Theaters Inc. from roughly the 1930’s till sometime in the 1950’s. In the late-1960’s it was taken over by Mid-Atlantic Theatres and they closed in on December 31, 1969. In 1991, all vestiges of "theater" vanished, as it was gutted to become law offices.

Contributed by george h.hill

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 16, 2018 at 4:09 pm

Boxoffice of February 16, 1970, said that Mid-Atlantic Theatres, new owners of the Pitts-Madison Theatre in Orange, Virginia, which had been in operation since 1936, had closed the house on December 31, 1969, due to lack of business. Mid-Atlantic planned extensive improvements at the Pitts Drive-In, which continued in operation on weekends.

R/C Theatres, of Randallstown, Maryland, had bought the sixteen remaining theaters in the Pitts chain in November, 1969. As far as I’ve been able to discover, Mid-Atlantic was a subsidiary of R/C.

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