Daw Theatre

154 Prince Street,
Tappahannock, VA 22560

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Architects: Edward Francis Sinnott

Styles: Colonial Revival

Previous Names: Essex Theatre, New Essex Theatre

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Daw Theatre

Located on Prince Street near the corner of Water Lane. The Essex Theatre Theatre was opened in 1930. It was closed in 1936 and was then renamed New Essex Theatre which closed in 1939. In late-December 1939 following alterations to the plans of architect Edward Francis Sinnott it was reopened as the renamed Daw Theatre. It was closed sometime between spring 1999 and fall 2000.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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wsasser on February 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm


ghamilton on February 8, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I thought I had noticed that TITANIC was the last film.

wsasser on February 9, 2013 at 11:58 am

History of this Theater:

Essex Theater opened in 1930 with 400 seats Essex Theater closed in 1936.

The New Essex opened in 1936, closed in 1938.

The DAW opened in 1939 and closed in 1998. Closing date confirmed by the last operator.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 22, 2021 at 12:56 pm

This October 8, 1939 Boxoffice item suggests rather extensive alterations (early October to late December) for the Daw Theatre:

“Work has started on the new theatre in Tappahannock to be operated by the Daw Corp. Edward F. Sinnott of Richmond is architect. The 550-seat house, expected to be ready for Christmas week, will be managed by R. B. Wallace.”

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