Virginia Theatre & New Virginia Theatre Playbills, 1914-1924

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title:
Virginia Theatre & New Virginia Theatre Playbills
Collection No.:
SC 0080
Date:
1914-1924
Extent:
9 items, 1 folder
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
This collection features nine playbills from plays and musical acts performed at the Virginia Theatre & New Virginia Theatre from the early twentieth century. The theatre was located in downtown Harrisonburg.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Virginia Theatre & New Virginia Theatre Playbills, 1914-1924, SC 0080, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Biographical/Historical Information

The New Virginia Theatre was owned by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corporation, and opened sometime around the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It was originally built as an old opera house and was complete with a performance stage, balcony, and private box seats. During the early twentieth century, the New Virginia Theater hosted many different stage plays and musical acts. By the year 1950, the name was changed to the Virginia Theater and it was converted into a movie theater. The theater eventually fell into disrepair, and was closed around 1986 and later torn down. During its lifetime, the theater was one of the many favorite Harrisonburg attractions, and was enjoyed by both Harrisonburg residents and Madison College students alike.

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Scope and Content

The Virginia Theatre & New Virginia Theatre Playbills, 1914-1924, are comprised of nine playbills (one folder) of the Virginia Theatre and New Virginia Theatre in Harrisonburg, VA, 1914-24 and undated. The largest size is 15" x 6". Each gives the title of the program (several specify vaudeville and minstrels), actors, and producers. Many of the playbills also include advertising by local establishments, especially W.E. Friddle's Restaurant. Most of the playbills are for plays that were performed by the theater. Two of the playbills are for concerts given by musical acts: The Lasses White All-Star Minstrels and John W. Vogel's Big City Minstrels.

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Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Revised by Alicia HenneberryConverted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl. September 20132013-11-21

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Bookworm & Silverfish Book Dealers, Wytheville, VA in Feb. 1995.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the processof applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. The collection was previously cataloged as SC 3011.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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