Loew's Theater Renovation at Tidewater Community College

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project at a glance

In partnership with the City of Norfolk and the State of Virginia, Tidewater Community College undertook the resurrection. of Loew’s State Theatre, which had fallen into disrepair.  The original 2,100-seat theatre opened in 1926, having been transformed from its former life as a department store, showed some of the premier Hollywood films over the next 50 years. 

In its restoration and renovation, the project team upgraded major building systems - including lighting and sound - while maintaining the historic, opulent look of the original space with its plaster, chandeliers, moldings and stencils, and original seats, which received a refurbishment. The original marquee was also restored.

The present 900-seat theatre facility includes classrooms, labs and multi-purpose spaces, and is host to its own theatre company the Hurrah Players. It also hosted the Royal Shakespeare Company during the International Art Festival.

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