Hampton Roads Performance Venues Guide

There's no better way to come out and play in Hampton Roads than to visit one of nearly 100 local venues. And we've got it all: stadiums to cheer on your favorite team, clubs to hear the newest comedians, theaters to watch a play or escape into a film and concert halls to hear the latest band.

Many local performing arts groups make their homes in a particular venue, and we've provided information to help you contact them for upcoming schedules. Some local groups call more than one local landmark home—check out their information at the end of this listing.

By Michael Jon Khandelwal


Cinema Cafe
Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier Pkwy. 757-523-7469, www.cinema-cafe.com
Second-run films served with a full menu and

Tcc Chesapeake Studio Theatre
142 Cedar Rd. 757-822-5219
Staging student and community performances.


Eso Arts Center
15293 King St., Belle Haven, 757-442-3226,
Hosting local musicians.

Idle Hour Theatre
36008 Belle Haven Rd., Belle Haven, 757-442-9192, www.idlehourtheatre.net
First-run films.

Island Roxy
4074 Main St., Chincoteague, 757-336-6301
First-run films.

69 Market St., Onancock, 757-787-8012
Hosting community concerts.

North Street Playhouse
34 Market St., Onancock,
757-787-2050, www.northstreetplayhouse.org
Offering more than 60 performances a year from three theater series.

Palace Theatre
10 Strawberry St., Cape Charles,
757-331-2787, www.artsentercapecharles.org
Offering cultural exhibitions and performances.

Roseland Theatre
48 Market St., Onancock, 757-787-2010
First-run films.


Hillside Cinema
7321 John Clayton Memorial Hwy., 804-693-2770
First-run films.


The American Theatre
125 E. Mellen St., 757-722-ARTS, www.hamptonarts.net
This 1908 American theater offers 400 seats for touring dance, musical and theater groups.

Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium
99 Thomas Nelson Dr.,
757-825-2779, www.tncc.edu/about/mtca.php
This 1968 theater offers 530 seats for student and community performances.

Cinema Cafe
1044 Von Schilling Dr., 757-523-7469,
Second-run films served with a full menu and drinks.

Hampton Coliseum
1000 Coliseum Dr., 757-838-4203, www.hamptoncoliseum.org
Hosting concerts, trade shows, sporting events and conventions.

Hampton University Convocation Center
Emancipation Dr., 757-728-6800,
Hosting concerts, sporting events and educational events.

IMAX Theatre at the Virginia Air and Space Center
600 Settlers Landing Rd., 757-727-0800, www.vacs.org
Current IMAX-format films.

The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center
4205 Victoria Blvd., 757-727-1490,
Staging community performances.


Cozzy's Comedy Club
9700 Warwick Blvd.,
757-595-2800, www.cozzys.com
Hosting local, regional and national standup comedians.

Ferguson Center for the Arts
1 University Place, 757-594-8753,
Christopher Newport University's complex
features a 500-seat music hall, a 200-seat experimental theater and a 1,700-seat concert hall.

Lee Hall Mansion
163 Yorktown Rd., 757-888-3371, www.leehall.org
Enjoy historical interpretation in this restored,
1859 mansion.

The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center
2803 Oak Ave., 757-247-2360,
This 1899 Victorian landmark is home to spokenword performances, lectures and musical performances.

Peninsula Community Theatre
10251 Warwick St., 757-595-5728, www.pctlive.org
This community theater stages dramas, comedies and new work.


Benjack Studio Theatre At The Tr Dance Center
325 Granby St., 757-626-3262, www.trdance.org
Hosting dance performances and community
productions including those by the Workshop
Theatre Group (www.workshoptheatregroup.

Black Box Theatre
254 Granby St., 757-628-3340, www.gsarts.net
Performances from the students of the Virginia
Governor's School for the Arts' theater and musical theater departments.

The Boot
123 W. 21st St., 757-627-2668,
Hosting local, regional and national performers.

Chandler Recital Hall
49th St. and Elkhorn Ave., 757-683-5305, www.odu.edu
Staging student and community performances.

Chrysler Hall
201 E. Brambleton Ave., 757-664-6464,
2500-seat theater for traveling Broadway shows, comedy acts and other performances.

Chrysler Museum of Art
245 W. Olney Rd., 757-664-6200, www.chrysler.org
Its theater and Huber Court are venues for local and regional jazz, rock, acoustic and blues artists.

Crispus Attucks Theatre
1010 Church St., 757-664-6464, www.attuckstheatre.org
This historic, 675-seat theater—constructed in
1919—has been beautifully restored and offers a wide range of community, cultural and musical performances.

Generic Theater
215 St. Paul's Blvd., 757-441-2160,
This community theater stages dramas, comedies and new work.

Granby Theater
421 Granby St., 757-961-7208,
This historic theater has been renovated
into a night club and concert hall.

Harbor Park
150 Park Ave., 757-622-2222, www.sevenvenues.com
Hosting concerts and sporting events, including the Norfolk Tides baseball team (www.norfolktides.com).

Harrison Opera House
160 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., 757-623-1223,
This 1,626-seat, completely refurbished theater is the home of the Virginia Opera (www.vaopera.org), as well as the setting for regional and national acts.

Hofheimer Theatre
1584 Wesleyan Dr., 757-455-3200
Student and community performances.

Jewish Mother Backstage
320 Granby St., 757-622-5910,
Hosting local, regional and national performers.

Little TheatRE of Norfolk
801 Claremont St., 757-627-8551, www.ltnonline.org
This community theater stages dramas, comedies and new work.

Macarthur Memorial
MacArthur Square, 757-441-2965,
Hosting lecture series.

Naro Expanded Cinema
1507 Colley Ave., 757-625-6276,
This restored Ghent landmark exhibits first- and second-run independent and mainstream films and is the home of the internationally renowned First Look Film Forum.

Nauticus, The National Maritime Center
1 Waterside Dr., 757-664-1000, www.thenmc.org
Hosting concerts on the waterfront.

Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Rd.,
757-441-5830, www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org
155 acres of gardens is the setting for concerts, weddings and outdoor fun.

Norfolk Masonic Temple
7001 Granby St., 757-423-8866
Hosting musical, stage, athletic and community

Norfolk Scope
201 E. Brambleton Ave.,
757-664-6464, www.sevenvenues.com
Hosting concerts, trade shows, conventions and sporting events, including the Norfolk Admirals hockey team (www.norfolkadmirals.com).

The Norva
317 Monticello Ave., 757-627-4547, www.thenorva.com
A restored film theater, the NorVa offers regional and national touring musical acts.

Old Dominion University Theatre
4708 Hampton Blvd.,
757-683-5305, www.odu.edu/al/theater
Staging student and community performances.

TCC Jeanne And George Roper Performing Arts Center
340 Granby St., 757-822-1452, www.tcc.edu/roper
A 1926 vaudeville playhouse restored by Tidewater Community College and used for a wide range of performances, including national acts, the Hurrah Players (757-627-5437, www.hurrahplayers.com) and film series.

Ted Constant Convocation Center
4320 Hampton Blvd., 757-683-4444,
Hosting concerts, sporting events and educational events.

Town Point Park
Waterside Dr., 757-441-2345, www.festeventsva.org
The setting for dozens of year-round concerts,
festivals and exhibitions.

The Venue At 35th
631 W. 35th St., 757-469-0337, www.venue-35.com
Featuring local and regional performers as well as poetry, comedy a nd spoken word.

Waterside Center Stage
Waterside Festival Marketplace, 757-627-3300
Venue for local musicians.

The Wells Theatre
110 E. Tazwell St., 757-627-1234, www.vastage.com
The 1913 Wells Theatre is the home of the
Virginia Stage Company (www.vastage.com), which offers nationally known musicals, comedies and plays from September– April each year.

L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center
700 Park Ave., 757-823-2063, www.nsu.edu/wilder
An 1,800-seat theater for student, community and regional artists, including the Norfolk State Players (757-823-8341).


The Commodore Theatre
421 High St., 757-393-6962,www.commodoretheatre.com
First-run films served with a full menu and drinks.

Portsmouth Little Theatre
1117 Lawson St., 757-353-7034, www.pltlive.com
This community theater stages dramas, comedies and new works.

Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
901 Crawford St., 757-393-8181,www.pavilionconcerts.com
National rock, classical, jazz and pop performances in this 6,500-seat (3,500 covered) pavilion.

Willett Hall Performing Arts Theater
3701 Willett Dr., 757-393-5144, www.willetthall.com
Stage for musicals, plays, lectures and concerts, including those by the Portsmouth Community Consort (www.portsmouthcommunityconcerts.com).


Smithfield Little Theatre
210 N. Church St., 757-357-7338,
This community theater stages dramas, comedies
and new works.


Suffolk Center For Cultural Arts
110 W. Finney Ave., 757-923-0003, www.suffolkcenter.org
Hosting regional, national and international performers.


17Th Street Stage
1609 Atlantic Ave., 757-491-7866
Hosting local and national musical performers by the
seashore in summer.

Cinema Cafe
Kemps River, 1220 Fordham Dr., 757-523-7469
and Pembroke Meadows, 758 Independence Blvd.,
757-523-7469, www.cinema-cafe.com
First- and second-run films and standup comedians served with a full menu and drinks.

Francis Land House
3131 Virginia Beach Blvd., 757-431-4000
Staging community performances, including those of the Tidewater Friends of Folk Music (757-626-3655, www.tffm.org) and Summer Shakes—Hampton Roads Shakespeare Festival (757-422-4469, www.summershakes.com).

Funny Bone Comedy Club
217 Central Park Ave., 757-213-5555, www.vabeachfunnybone.com
Hosting local, regional and national standup comedians.

IMAX Theatre at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd., 757-425-3474
Exhibiting current IMAX format films.

Little Theater Virginia Beach
550 Barberton Dr., 757-428-9233, www.ltvb.com
This community theater stages dramas, comedies and new works.

Maverick Murder Mystery
2809 Atlantic Ave.,
757-587-3883, www.maverickmurdermystery.com
Fully interactive murder mystery dinner theater.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse
1900 Pavilion Dr., 888-471-4802,
Solve a murder mystery during dinner.

Neptune's Park
31st St., 757-671-8100, www.31ocean.com
Hosting local and national musical performers by the seashore in summer.

Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., 757-431-3000
Staging community performances and film, including those of the Tidewater Friends of Folk Music (757-626-3655, www.tffm.org).

Regent University Theatre
1000 Regent University Dr., 757-226-4245
Staging student and community performances.

The Barry Robinson Theater And Fine Arts Center
4552 Princess Anne Rd., 757-389-1650, www.brtfac.org
Hosting music, theater and dance performances.

Sandler Center For The Performing Arts
201 Market St., 757-385-2787,
Landmark 1,300-seat theater for national and international artists as well as local groups including Symphonicity (757-671-8611, www.vbso.org), The
Virginia Beach Chorale (757-467-7224, www.virginiabeachchorale.org), the Virginia Musical
Theatre (757-340-5446, www.broadwayatthecenter.com) and Ballet Virginia International (757-446-1401, www.balletvirginia.org).

The Marilyn And Marvin Simon Family Jewish Community Center
5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Suite 100, 757-3212338, www.jccshr.org
Hosting community performances and film.

Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
3550 Cellar Door Way, 757-368-3000,
Seating for 20,000 (7,500 in a covered pavilion) for performances by nationally renowned rock, pop, jazz and classical artists.


Haunted Dinner Theatre
5363 Richmond Rd., 888-426-3746, www.haunteddinnertheater.com
Enjoy a buffet dinner before the evening's "whodunit" mystery; June–October.

Kimball Theatre
Merchants Square, 757-725-5478, www.kimballtheatre.com
Exhibits first- and secondrun independent and mainstream films, hosts concerts and is the home of the Virginia Premiere Theatre (www.vptheatre.com), Clean Comedy Night (www.laughingredhead.com) and the Williamsburg Symphonia (www.williamsburgsymphonia.com).

Movie Tavern At High Street
1430 High St., Building 6, 757-941-5362,
First-run films with full menu and drinks.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse
5351 Richmond Rd., 888-471-4802, www.mysterydinner.com
Murder mystery shows during a four-course meal.

Phi Kappa Phi Memorial Hall
Jamestown Rd., 757-221-2655, web.wm.edu/boxoffice
The 763-seat theater is the stage for student performance groups and the Virginia Shakespeare
Festival (757-221-2674; www.vsf.wm.edu).

William and Mary Hall College of William and
Mary, 757-221-3340, www.tribeathletics.com
Total capacity of the arena is about 8,600 for basketball, 11,300 for convocations, concerts or theater-in-the-round.

The Williamsburg Players
200 Hubbard Lane, 757-229-1679,
Producing at least five plays annually since 1957.

Williamsburg Regional Library
7770 Croaker Rd., 757-259-4070, www.wrl.org
Hosting numerous year-round lectures, film screenings and performing arts events.


Arts Council Of The Eastern Shore
P.O. Box 1122, Exmore, 757-302-0366, www.acesva.org
Sponsors several events for the cultural enrichment of those living on the Eastern Shore.

Bellissima! Chorale
757-486-0631, www.bellissimachorale.org
Women's chorale ensemble performing throughout the year.

Courthouse Players
804-695-0717, www.courthouseplayers.org
Community theater with venues in Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex.

Fifes & Drums Of York Town
757-898-9418, www.fifes-and-drums.org
Made up of 60 members, the group performs at community events and parades.

Franklin-Southampton Concert Association
Concerts in Courtland.

The New Theatre Of Chesapeake Chesapeake,
757-288-0563, www.tntchesapeake.com
Staging musical theater performances.

Norfolk Chamber Consort
757-622-4542, www.nconsort.org
Year-round chamber concerts.

Schola Cantorum
757-463-1421, www.schola-contorum.org
Year-round vocal performances

Tidewater Classical Guitar Society
Classical guitar performances a several venues.

Tidewater Winds
757-480-0953; www.tidewaterwinds.org
Free concerts in the style of Sousa.

The Virginia Arts Festival
220 Boush St., Norfolk, 757-282-2800, www.virginiaartsfest.com
Two months of world-class performers brought to Hampton Roads each year.

Virginia Chorale
236 E. Plume St., Norfolk, 757-627-8375, www.vachorale.org
Year-round vocal performances.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra
861 Glenrock Rd., Suite 200, Norfolk,
757-892-6366, www.virginiasymphony.org
Year-round symphonic performances at a variety of Hampton Roads venues.

Williamsburg Choral Guild
Williamsburg, 757-220-1808, www.williamsburgchoralguild.org
Presenting choral music in various Williamsburgarea

York River Symphony Orchestra
757-867-7115, www.yrso.org
Year-round symphonic performances at a variety of venues.

Young Audiences-Arts For Learing-Virginia
420 N. Center Dr., Suite 239, Norfolk,
757-466-7555, www.yav.org
Hosting performances and education programs
throughout the year.

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