Commodore Theatre is an historic movie theater located at Portsmouth, Virginia. It was built in 1945, and is an Art Deco style, 1,000-seat theater building. The two-story front facade features a plain mass of yellow pressed brick decorated with horizontal stripes of brown brick on the upper level with a central pavilion of curved-top vertical pylons of Indiana limestone and decorative strips of glass block. The lower level of the facade is composed of Indiana limestone ashlar veneer with a base of black marble. A dominant element of the auditorium is the pair of restored murals on the side walls representing the progress of America and the commerce and industry of Hampton Roads.
|Location||421 High St., Portsmouth, Virginia|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Zink, John J.|
|Architectural style||Art Deco|
|NRHP reference No.||97000203|
|Added to NRHP||February 27, 1997|
|Designated VLR||December 4, 1996|
The theater currently offers first-run films on a nightly basis, featuring Dolby Digital and THX sound, accompanied by a full dining experience serviced by a full kitchen in the main building.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
- "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- Mary Ruffin Viles/Calder Loth (October 1996). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Commodore Theatre" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. and Accompanying photo