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Carpenter Center of the Virginia Center for the Performing Arts (Loew's Theater)
This is Virginia's premier example of the “atmospheric theater,” designed by an architect nationally known in the 1920s and 1930s as the creator of elaborate movie palaces. The experience of going to the movies and the theater itself equaled, if not surpassed, what was on the screen. In this case the exterior is a blend of Spanish Baroque and Moorish styles, while the interior defies traditional description: a fantasy of sculpture, terra-cotta, and plaster, giving the sense of a Spanish plaza. The structure has been sympathetically adapted as a performing arts center.
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