Chatham Theatre

14 Pruden Street,
Chatham, VA 24531

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp.

Functions: Office Space

Styles: Quonset Hut

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Chatham Theatre

The Chatham Theatre was a Quonset Hut style theatre which opened in 1945. It was later operated by the Commonwealth Theatre Corp. out of Blacksburg, Virginia. R. Floyd Plank was the President and Don Kelsey was Vice-President and Manager. It was still open in 1957.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm

SEATS: 350



Open ~1945-~1955? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

Could use more of an address.

More info and photos are always welcome.

24541 on November 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm

The old Chatham Theater has not been demolished. It has not been used as theater in over 35 years however. Pittsylvania County owns the building now, but I am not sure how they use it.

24541 on November 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm

There is good street view on Googlemaps, but I cannot figure out how to transfer the photo here. It is located not on Main St., but Chatham Hall Circle about one block off Main St. It is easy to identify as an old theater. From overhead it is easy to spot as well, since it is a quonset hut, still painted green. The front is white stucco.

wsasser on April 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Found this on a Chatham Town Website. The Chatham Theater, as pictured, was not on Main Street, it was on a side street. I went there in the 1960’s once or twice.

19 Pruden Street (9/2006). The old Chatham Theatre, built during the 1940’s as a massive Quonset structure, is currently used by the Pittsylvania County government.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 27, 2016 at 1:12 am

Google Maps is unable to find this location whether one uses the old address of 19 Pruden Street or the modern address of 19 Chatham Hall Circle. I’ve adjusted the street view to the proper location, but the pin icon is quite some distance north of the theater’s actual site.

DoomsdayTackle on May 3, 2017 at 1:41 am

Hi we currently occupy this building. It no longer has an official street address. The building was used for storage since at least Jaws was released. It will be renovated and turned into our innovation and design center.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 6, 2021 at 7:18 am

The address, according to Google Maps, is 14 Pruden Street, about a block off Main Street.

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