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Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

East Main Street

 
 
East Main Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
1. East Main Street Marker
Inscription. The portion of East Main Street between Commercial Place and Church Street (now St. Paulís Boulevard) was notorious with servicemen all over the world until well after World War II. The district was home to taverns such as the Krazy Kat and Red Rooster that lured sailors with hamburgers, music, and flowing beer, giving East Main a reputation as the “largest, most solid block of beer joints in the world.” At the Idle Hour Curio Shop, sailors could pawn mementos from their travels for drink money in nearby bars. The internationally famous Colemanís Tattoo Parlor, shooting galleries such as the Silver Bullet, and the Gaiety Burlesque Theater were among the many other venues for adult entertainment along the street. By the 1950ís, the redevelopment of East Main Street was inevitable. On New Years Eve 1961, the last of the remaining taverns closed. Work started on the cityís new office and financial district the following year. East Main Street was converted to Main Plaza East, a canopy-covered pedestrian mall, until it reopened to vehicular traffic in 1987.
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Location. 36° 50.75′ N, 76° 17.211′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on East Main Street west of St Pauls
East Main Street marker at an eastward angle. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
2. East Main Street marker at an eastward angle.
The marker is attached to the front wall of Commercial Place Garage. Pictured right is Old Point Trust Companyís entrance. In the far background is the former courthouse building for the City of Norfolk.
Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 520 East Main Street, Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commercial Place (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Northern Limit of Old Norfolk (about 600 feet away); St. Paulís Church, 1739 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old City Hall and Courthouse, 1850 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Town Back Creek and Stone Bridge (approx. ľ mile away); Main Street (approx. ľ mile away); Willoughby-Baylor House, 1794 (approx. ľ mile away); Tripoli Street (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
 
Categories. EntertainmentWar, World II
 
East Main Street marker, facing north. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
3. East Main Street marker, facing north.
Visible here are the Crown Center (right) and newly constructed City of Norfolk Courthouse buildings (background).
Detail of markerís left photo. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
4. Detail of markerís left photo.
The caption reads: “Navy Shore Patrol, 1950. Courtesy of Norfolk Public Library.”
Detail of markerís middle photo. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
5. Detail of markerís middle photo.
The caption reads: “Coleman Tattoo Parlor, 1941. Photograph by John Vachon.”
Detail of markerís right photo. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
6. Detail of markerís right photo.
The caption reads: “Gaiety Theater, c1959. Courtesy of Norfolk Public Library.”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. This page has been viewed 11 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 25, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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