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New Chatham Theater

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c. 1945. 19 Pruden St.

Now closed, this structure combines a Quonset hut auditorium with a false-front Streamline Moderne facade featuring a smooth stuccoed surface, a curved marquee (with the unfortunate addition of wooden shingles), and low-relief piers flanking the curved corners. After World War II many businesses bought surplus Quonsets, which afforded inexpensive shelter for any number of functions. Adaptation for movie houses was common, but this is probably a relatively rare surviving example.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "New Chatham Theater", [Chatham, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 362-362.

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