Classic film buffs in Wise County, and the City of Norton, Virginia, have a reason to rejoice. The Park Avenue Theater has just opened, providing lovers of older classic films and Hollywood blockbusters a chance to view their favorite films, again, on the big screen.
The theater is located within the former VA-KY Opry, which is housed in the WAXM building at 722 Park Avenue, Norton, Virginia. The VA-KY Opry opened in 1995, and originally featured the talents of area musicians, as well as nationally recognized bluegrass acts, such as Ralph Stanley and the Goose Creek Symphony. The VA-KY Opry’s vintage setting is the perfect place for residents to gather together and watch their favorite stars from years past.
Currently, showtimes are for Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m., and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are just $5 each, plus tax, and children under 4 can watch for free, when accompanied by a paying adult. Upcoming showtimes include former Hollywood blockbusters, such as the 1981 Steven Spielberg adventure classic: The Raiders of the Lost Ark, with Harrison Ford and Karen Allen, on April 18th and 19th. The 1997 epic romantic drama, Titanic, produced and directed by James Cameron, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, will be available for viewing on April 25th and 26th.
Exact dates and showtimes for the 1942 classic WWII drama, Casablanca, featuring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, as well as the 1980 Loretta Lynn biography, Coal Miner’s Daughter, with Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones, remain unknown, but are expected to be shown later this summer.
Prior to the opening of The Park Avenue Theater in Norton, classic film lovers had to travel over an hour away to the Real to Reel Theater in Johnson City, Tennessee, or over two hours away to the Grandin Theater in Roanoke, Virginia, for limited screenings during special events held through the year if they wanted to see their favorite classic films again on the big screen.
For more information about the theater and it’s showtimes, call (276) 328-3800 or visit the their Facebook page.