Riverview Theatre

3910 Granby Street,
Norfolk, VA 23504

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Previously operated by: Levine Theatrical Enterprses

Firms: Lublin, McGaughy & Associates

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Riverview Playhouse

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Riverview Theatre

Another classic Norfolk movie house, the Riverview Theatre was a roadshow theatre that kept a reserved seat policy and showed 70mm films such as “Cleopatra”, “Lawrence of Arabia” & “The Sound of Music”. In later years, the Riverview Theatre became a live theater venue.

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Tyler10 on August 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Unfortunately, The riverview I believe is condemned and is an unsafe structure…The last I heard the theatre was selling for $775,000 with the parking lot. The neighborhood that it is in, the civic league doesnt want any sort of music, or restaurnat or even a movie venue in the neighborhood, so it just sits and sits. I had a brilliant business plan for the re-opening of the Riverview, the $$$ was there, developers, A had such a large group of supporters, but I was ignored, and there it sits…

Hello, this is for High Plains Drifter…I was just wondering what your plans were for the theater. Did you want to make it a revival theater? I too would love to re-open the Riverview and make is something amazing. I would love to hear your ideas.

WheatPennyLane on October 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Tyler10- I’ve lived in Virginia Beach but have been shuttled between Norfolk and Virginia Beach all my life. I have also thought about the purchase of this theater and restoring it.

I’m going to see what proper channels I must go through and see if anyone in the working for the City of Norfolk can help me with civic league issue.

tripnjive on August 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Tyler10. Would love to talk to you about your experience with the civic and business league. I myself failed to get the owner/realtor to return my calls. It seems other friends of mine have had a similar experience. Let’s talk.

vtal2000 on July 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

Tripnjive, I work with the owners of this property. We would be interested in speaking with you. Please call 757-434-3316. Be sure to leave a message and we will be in touch.

paulnelson on November 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Marquee is stylish and like the letering and neon.

Powhatanarrow on November 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I hope this theater can be saved. I have many fond memories of it when I was 14 years old. I went to see the Ten Commandments in 1957 every week it played here.

HOUNDDAWG on November 30, 2014 at 3:05 am

My dear, departed mother went to The Riverview every week when possible to see THE SOUND OF MUSIC for over 120 viewings. (She sometimes watched it twice the same day)

I’ll always remember how she seemed to float each time she exited the theater.

snowfire on January 13, 2015 at 10:03 pm

I was raised in this theater. My dad was the projectionist. Saw many movies and had all the free popcorn I could eat….lots of great memories. Would love to know if it’s still for sale and would be interested in helping to bring in back.

Coate on April 7, 2015 at 2:21 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Riverview. With a reserved-seat run of 115 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of ten runs in the United States and at least 24 globally that ran the movie continuously into a third year.

Jefferydp on August 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Who owns this now? I have an investor that is very interested.

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