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Ticket Window, Commodore Theatre, Portsmouth, VA

Commodore Theatre - National Register of Historic Places Ref # 97000203, date listed 19970227

. 421 High St.

. Portsmouth, VA (Independent City)

. The Commodore Theatre, named for Commodore James Baron, was built by Portsmouth native William Stanley Wilder in 1945. Wilder owned and operated a chain of theaters in the Tidewater area from the 1920s until the 1940s. He hired a Baltimore architect. John Zink, to design what is arguably his finest theater, and what was ultimately his last. The Art Deco building retains much of its lush appointments including the marquee, stylized ticket booth, ticket taker's stand, and murals. Wilder believed in community theaters and the Commodore is the last remaining and operating movie house of a string of theaters which served Portsmouth's downtown. The theater degenerated to an x rated theater and closed in the 1970s. It was resurrected and restored in the 1980s and again serves to entertain area residents. (1)

. References (1) NRHP Nomination Form

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