The James
3100 Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607

1910 - Washington Avenue Looking North
Olympia Theater - Opened 1910

Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/28/03
Thanks, Dave!

Reopened as James - 1931

 1940s - Courtesy of

This site courtesy
of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 03/11/03
Thanks, Dave!
Friday, November 14, 2003 -
Former Palace Theater at Left

Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/14/03
Thanks, Dave!

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
Thanks, Dianne!

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......

- Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 11/08/05
Thanks, Jerry!

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
Thanks, Alex!

Sparkling Theater Lights clip art courtesy of - 05/22/03

20th Century Fox theme song midi courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/09/03.
Thanks, Dave!

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