Plaza Theatre

607 Colley Avenue,
Norfolk, VA 23507

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Previously operated by: Levine Theatrical Enterprises

Architects: W.H. Saunders

Previous Names: Ghent Theatre

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The Ghent Theatre was opened on July 1, 1915 with Richard Buhler in “The Thief”. It was closed in 1918. It reopened on September 3, 1928.

On July 18, 1932 it was renamed Plaza Theatre. It closed in 1980.

Contributed by Chief Bob Jensen

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Jones Institute of Eastern Virginia Medical School has the address 601 Colley Avenue, so the footprint of that large building probably includes the former site of the Plaza Theatre.

DavidZornig on December 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Someone pointed out that “Levine’s” also appears horizontally on the neighboring building. Levine’s was apparently a chain store in Dallas. But I can find no similar Plaza Theatre buildings there or in Texas for that matter.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 22, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Levine is a fairly common surname, so there were probably other stores called Levine’s around the country that were unrelated to the Texas chain. A store called Levine’s located next door to a theater operated by Levine Theatrical Enterprises might even have been a coincidence.

rivest266 on July 10, 2022 at 6:28 am

This opened as the Ghent Theatre on July 1st, 1915, and closed (or stopped placing ads in the newspapers) in 1918. It reopens on September 3rd, 1928, and reopens again as the Plaza theatre on July 18th, 1932. Grand opening ads posted.

Ghent Theatre openingGhent Theatre opening 01 Jul 1915, Thu Virginian-Pilot and the Norfolk Landmark (Norfolk, Virginia)

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