The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre at Virginia Rep Center
114 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220, USA
The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre opened as the Empire Theatre on December 24, 1911, and featured stars like Lucille LaVerne and John Bunny.
In 1927, a fire damaged the space, and it lay dark until it was re-opened in 1933 as the Booker T Theatre, which featured films and vaudeville performances until 1974.
Theatre IV purchased the theatre and its neighboring Walker Theatre (which later became the Little Theatre and finally, Theatre Gym) in 1986. Restorations were completed in 1990, and Theatre IV presented performances for children and families in the renovated space, which they renamed the Empire Theatre.
Twenty-one years later, with the Empire in need of new renovations, Sara Belle and Neil November made a $2 million gift for restoration, and in 2012 the Empire Theatre was renamed the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre.
Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV merged in 2012 to become Virginia Rep, and we continue to present performances at this downtown, historic theatre.
For more information visit www.virginiarep.org or call 804-282-2620
Jackson Ward West Broad Street