3100 Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607
|WAY BACK THEN:||THEN:||NOW:|
1910 - Washington Avenue Looking
Olympia Theater - Opened 1910
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of
VA - 10/28/03
|Reopened as James - 1931||
This site courtesy
of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 03/11/03
Friday, November 14, 2003 -
Former Palace Theater at Left
Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of
VA - 11/14/03
I .... remember
going into the James Theater at lunch time and getting a hot dog....
it was so cool in there in the summertime.
- Dianne Hunter
Preston ('64) of FL - 02/02/05
I hope this will
be of interest. In 1958 I was 15 years old and had my mom sign a permission slip
to get a job
working in the old Warwick Theater. I started work at 14 cents an hour. I worked 12 hours a week - eight hours
on Saturdays and the rest during the week. I worked there one year and went to the James Theater. I started
there at 65 cents an hour. Max Pollard ('62) and I were the best of pals, and worked there for 3 years. They
played the first Brigitte Bardot movie there. Max and I could not buy a ticket, but we worked the whole week
it showed. WOW! Those were the days. Some of the tales I could tell. But with Max gone, they remain my
memories of days long gone, but not forgotten......
Blanchard ('62) of VA - 11/08/05
Gee, back in
1950 + a friend and I would go to the James Theater and watch some "acts" live
on stage (harmless)
and the song Charmaine was usually played. I liked the song and music. (The "acts" were stupid.) I have finally
found the song and the history of the song, etc. Here is a web link to see what I liked then and now.
- Alex Nicol ('49) of VA - 07/17/06
Sparkling Theater Lights clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 05/22/03
20th Century Fox
theme song midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/09/03.
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