Violet Crown Charlottesville

200 W. Main Street,
Charlottesville, VA 22902

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Violet Crown Cinema (Official)

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Previously operated by: Regal Cinemas

Firms: Stoneking/Von Storch Architects, TK Architects

Functions: Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Previous Names: Regal Cinemas Downtown Mall Cinema 6

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Violet Crown Charlottesville

Located in the Downtown Mall. It was closed by Regal Cinemas on November 20, 2014. It was reopened October 30, 2015 by an independent operator.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

Giles on November 5, 2012 at 8:26 am

saw a few great movies this last past weekend at the Virginia Film Festival – from what I can tell, this is an all ‘digital’ theater now – only one theater had a problem with a DCP and a DVD screener was shown instead – (ick! and boy was it obvious in terms of resolution). Interestingly, since the new Regal is opening over at the Stonefield Mall – the movies here at the downtown location will all be foreign, indie releases. [Thumbs up!] This is great since the screens tend to be placed high on the walls of the auditoriums, and viewing subtitles unobstructed is non-problematic.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on January 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm

To Giles: It is an all digital theater now.
To Chuck1231: More like ‘95, '96

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on November 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Closed. Last shows were Thursday November 20, 2014

Giles on October 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm

reopening as a new theater for this Fall’s Virginia Film Festival

“Regal Cinema‚Äôs movie theater monopoly in Charlottesville has ended, and the new kid on the block is planning to serve up something sure to have local cinephiles salivating: a Downtown theater that offers upscale food and cocktails along with indie film fare.

William S. Banowsky, Jr., owner of Violet Crown Cinema in Austin, is partnering with Downtown Regal building owner Dorothy Batten to open the next in what Banowsky hopes will be a successful chain of arthouse-cum-bar-and-restaurant theaters across the country (another is in the works in Santa Fe)."

official reopening Friday Oct. 30th

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 18, 2017 at 7:23 pm

An existing retail building was converted into the Regal Downtown Mall Cinemas in 1996. This very large digital document contains, along with much bureaucratic red tape and letters from attorneys, some photos and renderings of the Violet Crown Cinema, and some drawings by the three architectural firms involved in the project: local firm Stoneking/Von Storch Architects, the original designers; Austin-based Domiteaux + Baggett Architects, a firm previously associated with the owners of Violet Crown Cinemas; and TK Architects, of Kansas City, theater specialists brought rather late in the game to finish the project.

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