Norva Theatre

317 Monticello Avenue,
Norfolk, VA 23510

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rivest266 on July 10, 2022 at 1:01 pm

Opened November 27th, 1922. Grand opening ad posted.

SethG on June 15, 2022 at 1:08 am

The front of the building is completely trashed. Only the portion where the marquee was mounted has any detail left.

MisterMovie593 on September 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Looking for help from anyone that may have information on the following. On March 20, 1951, the actor Bela Lugosi, of Dracula movie fame, presented his “Horror and Magic Stage Show” in person at the Norva Theatre. I have all the newspaper advertisements and publicity stories from the local papers for this. However, I am posting here on the off chance that someone still alive may have actually gone to the show and could contact me with their memories of it. Or possibly someone may be in possession of an original ticket or poster that they might give me permission to scan. In any event, anyone having any additional information on this could contact me at I would really appreciate it and thanks in advance!

JGKlein on May 1, 2012 at 5:36 am

Alfred Hitchcock’s groundbreaking thriller “Psycho” played at the Norva in 1960. I remember browsing through old newspapers on microfilm at the library and finding an ad for that. I am sure the audience screamed a lot. Nothing like it had ever been seen before.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 30, 2010 at 6:21 am

Don; Thanks for the postcard of the Norva and Loew’s. You may want to also put the postcard on the Loew’s site which is under the Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 1, 2007 at 4:10 am

Lost Memory, interesting ticket, do you have anymore from Norfolk?
If I remember right Granby Street was higher than Monticello Avenue. The old entrance was on Granby and the floor of the theatre pretty much was at the same slope as the ground it was built on. The stage would then be at about the same level as Monticello.
Loew’s State was the same way and in fact in about 1989 the entire front of the State was converted to retail and if I remember right, if you went down the hill to the back of the State on Monticello a GYM sign was at the stage door! That has all changed since the State has been restored, I would guess!
I think the NORVA has pretty much been gutted and I would guess the Granby side is now all retail (Granby is or was Norfolk’s “Main Street”) and the entrance to the theatre would now be at the stage door level. This all of course is only a guess. What would I know, I’m now in the Chicago area. I hope someone in NorVa can fill us in.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, This is CINERAMA!” Lowell Thomas

AndyT on July 31, 2007 at 8:20 pm

I also remember the Norva being located on Granby in the early 1970s. In fact, I remember a little bar around the corner … oh, never mind —– I’ll save that for

jeffconn on February 7, 2005 at 3:08 pm

A correction of the description. The NorVa may be able to handle 1500 people but most of them will be standing. The theater seats have all been removed.

lovestheweepingcamel on September 9, 2004 at 3:21 am

I love this place. I’ve migrated 10 hours roundtrip to see a little band called Switchfoot play there on two separate occasions.

William on December 7, 2003 at 1:24 am

During the mid 50’s the Norva Theatre seated 1637 people.