205 W. Main Street,
205 W. Main Street,Wytheville, VA 24382
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Currently under renovation as a performing arts center.https://www.wdbj7.com/2021/07/09/look-inside-historic-millwald-theatre/?fbclid=IwAR21vDzhGMmrXxe31_nJBdaBf9DzOgP-HfDwJklFYmLVn_89g4-5eJKllRI
The August 6, 1928, issue of The Film Daily said that the “Millward” Theatre in Wytheville, Virginia, was nearing completion.
Here and here are 2009 photos of the Millwald.
Here is a 1984 photo:
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Interesting post on Feb. 18, 2007 of how the theatre came to be named the Millwald. And even the Millwald isn’t in the condition that we all wish, at least the town still has the brick building with the name MILLWALD on it and the art deco marquee! Amen!
Also read that the theatre was a multiplex with 4 screens after it being a single screen theatre so that tells me that it was divided in some way? In many cases theatres are divided between the lower auditorium and the balcony area which such is the case with a theatre in Wellsville NY which I have visited.
Pastor Robbie: Amen to your remarks and I only wish you well. I’ll let you know via this link when I come through Wytheville VA enroute to Charlotte. Or you can email me at I’ve been in the town years ago, but wasn’t into old theatres then and therefore did NOT have the theatre “bug”. I recall the office supply store with the large yellow pencil. Are the seats still in the Millwald and if so, what condition are they in?
I grew up in Wythe County. When I was a kid, the balcony was still intact, and the Millwald was the only theater in town. It was sad to see the building when we moved in. I can honestly say that much of the building had caved in. Everything was really bad. We’re slowly renovating. This building was once beautiful and state of the art. Maybe we can bring back some of that glory. After all, aren’t churches supposed to be about restoration?
It’s a shame that the Millwald was “a badly maintained building in need of much repair”. If that hadn’t been the case, it would still be a theatre though the fact that you are there now is a blessing, imo.
Pastor Robbie: I see that you just joined CT today so welcome aboard! I travel from NYS to NC each winter so may just stop by for a pastorial tour. If you spend much time on CT, you will soon learn that more than a few theatres are now churches. Do you have any childhood memories of the Millwald? If not, do any of your congregation members have memories that you could share with us?
I actually Pastor the church in question here. I’m not quite sure why people assume we would tear down the marquee. We moved into a badly maintained building in need of much repair. We have limited our renovations to the inside, to adapt the facility for our purposes. Yes … it’s a church now. The exterior has been maintained as it was except for paint. It would be a shame for that to go away. Come by for a tour sometime.
jwm79: Have they removed the Millwald marquee that read Millwald? In one of the photos I saw the word Millwald above the brick in concrete so that will, at least remain!
Amen…end of theatre story!
Sadly, the Millwald Theater is no longer in operation. It is, indeed, the current home of a storefront church.
I don’t know the current status of the building since I don’t go to Wytheville that often, but I do know how it got its name. The original owners’s last names were Miller and Ewald. They combined the names, and presto! Millwald.
What is the current status of this theatre? And I agree what when the balcony was split the movie going experience at the Millwald would have been ruined. And how did it get the name…Millwald?
I first saw the Millwald Theatre in 1981 when I went to see “9 to 5” with my best friend, his sister and her boyfriend. I was 15 years old and had a dream of opening a movie theatre of my own some day. I remember the Millwald as being somewhat run-down, but it attracted a lot of movie-goers from Wythe and Smyth Counties. I’m sure most of its patrons didn’t think the Millwald a “beautiful” theatre, yet if you looked closely enough, its hidden beauty emerged. The downstairs section looked like it might have been designed to resemble a Roman courtyard. The lower portion of the walls were painted to look like stone blocks, and this design was repeated around the exit doorways on each side of the stage. The rather large balcony and projection booth were reached by an attractive stairway on either side of the auditorium in the rear. The ceiling was the most beautiful part of the building. There were intricate designs encased in what appeared to be large wooden beams and crossbeams.
In the mid 1980s the balcony was split into 2 dinky theatres and, in my opinion, the movie-going experience at the Millwald was ruined. I would love to see a non-profit organization or the Town government purchase this building and restore it as a community arts center. It definately has the potential to revitalize downtown Wytheville. History has shown that in many cases, it is an old theatre that keeps a town alive.
I clicked on Seth’s Flickr site and read that this theatre is now a storefront church?
Lost Memory: Great color photo of a great old theatre which may not have a future because of some 8 screen modern venue opening in town! I have been through Wytheville many times enroute south so will check out this once single screen theatre the next time I’m in that area….would like to see it returned to a single screen venue! If I see anyone who is willing to listen, I will give them my theatre thoughts/opinions!
Rusty: I see that you posted your Millwald Theatre information in 2004 so hope that the small Town of Wytheville has decided to not close this theatre due to an 8 screen venue opening in town! That would be a real shame.
Rumor has it in our small town of Wytheville that the Millwald will close its door in January due to an eight screen vunue opening in town. That is a shame. It makes downtown look special and it is nice to have a classic theatre still in operation in your town. It has only three screens. Two upstairs, on the sides of the old balcony, and the main screen. My family enjoyed “The Polar Express” there this month and I hate to see it go.
The Millwald Theatre is located at 205 Main Street and when it was a single screen theatre it seated 666 people.