Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Commodore Theatre
The Art Deco theatre has a nautical theme and two large murals depicting local and national history.
The Commodore showed motion pictures and hosted community stage presentations until 1975, when it closed for twelve years.
In 1987, Fred Schoenfeld purchased the theatre and spent two and a half years restoring it. He re-opened the Commodore on December 21, 1989 as a first-run movie theatre with full-service dining—the first such cinema-eatery in the United States.
Meeting stringent exhibition criteria for sound, image, and audience experience, the Commodore Theatre earned THX-certification for excellence.
Location. 36° 50.117′ N, 76° 18.098′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker is on High Street west of Court Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 421 High Street, Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Norfolk County Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); The 1846 Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Trinity Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Towne Square (about 300 feet away); Monumental Methodist Church (about 300 feet away); Portsmouth Public Library (about 500 feet away); Reverend Francis Devlin (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
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