National Theater (Richmond, Virginia)

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The National
Address 708 E Broad St
Location Richmond, Virginia
Owner AEG Live
Operator AEG Live
Type Theater
Capacity 1,500
Opened 1923
Renovated 2009

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)
National Theater (Richmond, Virginia) is located in the US
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; -77.43583Coordinates: 37°32′30″N 77°26′9″W / 37.54167°N 77.43583°W / 37.54167; -77.43583
Area less than one acre
Architect Claude K. Howell; Ferruccio Legnaioli
Architectural style Renaissance Revival
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 2008 by RIC Capital Ventures, the theater, operating as The National, is used as a performing arts and music venue.[4] In 2014, the venue was acquired by AEG Live.[5][6]

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 Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "National Theater Final Nomination" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Official website". The National. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Schwartz, Michael (2014-10-06). "The National's owners bow out". Richmond BizSense. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  6. ^ Baldwin, Brent (2014-10-08). "A Concert Powerhouse". Style Weekly. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 

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