National Theater (Richmond, Virginia)

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National Theater
Theatrical District, Richmond, Virginia, 1923.jpg
Postcard view of "Theatrical District, Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia", c. 1923
National Theater (Richmond, Virginia) is located in Virginia
National Theater (Richmond, Virginia)
Location 700-710 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia
Coordinates: 37°32′30″N 77°26′9″W / 37.54167°N 77.43583°W / 37.54167; -77.43583
Area less than one acre
Built 1923
Architect Claude K. Howell; Ferruccio Legnaioli
Architectural style Renaissance Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 03000188 [1]
VLR # 127-0178
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 02, 2003
Designated VLR December 4, 2002[2]

The National Theater is a historic theater in Richmond, Virginia. Part of a city block along the 700 block of Broad Street once known as Theatre Row, it is the only surviving auditorium of the row (the others now exist in facade only).

The National Theater was built in 1923, originally staging both live entertainment (such as vaudeville shows) as well as motion-pictures.[3] In 1968, it was converted into a dedicated cinema, which closed on September 5, 1983.[3]

Restored and reopened in the 2000s the theater, operating as The National, is used as a performing arts and music venue.[4]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 and is located in the Grace Street Commercial Historic District.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "National Theater Final Nomination". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Official website". The National. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 

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