Commodore Theatre

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.[3]

Commodore Theatre
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Commodore Theatre
Commodore Theatre is located in Virginia
Commodore Theatre
Commodore Theatre is located in the United States
Commodore Theatre
Location421 High St., Portsmouth, Virginia
Coordinates36°50′5″N 76°18′8″W / 36.83472°N 76.30222°W / 36.83472; -76.30222Coordinates: 36°50′5″N 76°18′8″W / 36.83472°N 76.30222°W / 36.83472; -76.30222
Arealess than one acre
Built1945 (1945)
ArchitectZink, John J.
Architectural styleArt Deco
NRHP reference No.97000203[1]
VLR No.124-0101
Significant dates
Added to NRHPFebruary 27, 1997
Designated VLRDecember 4, 1996[2]

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.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.[1] It is located in the Downtown Portsmouth Historic District.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ 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

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