Elco Theater

Western Branch Boulevard and High Street,
Portsmouth, VA 23707

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Previously operated by: Lyon Theater Circuit

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The Elco Theater was open from at least 1942 to 1956.

Contributed by Chief Bob Jensen

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 11, 2012 at 4:59 am

CT could use photos, both inside and out, and more info on the the Elco.


Chief Bob Jensen
Manteno, Illinois

JELongVA on July 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm

It was operational until at least 1967 (when I left Portsmouth) the exact date of closure/demolition is not known to me. It also housed “The Little Theater of Portsmouth” a stage company. I saw my first stage play there.

bill49 on February 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm

There may be photos of Elco in the library. It actually sat on the road to the back of this pic to left of the red brick building.

AlanATL on August 14, 2020 at 7:41 pm

The ELCO was not on High Street. It was on Western Branch Blvd. just across the street south of the location pinned on the map above. It was on the same block as The Chinese Maid restaurant.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 27, 2023 at 10:27 pm

The Elco Theatre was taken over by Hal J. Lyon in 1946, according to an article about Lyon in the December 3, 1955 issue of Boxoffice. Lyon took over the Delta Theatre at the same time, bringing his circuit, based in Franklin, Virginia, to six houses.

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