The Resource Marcellus Wright Cox and Smith (Richmond, Va.) architectural drawings, 1990-1991
- Marcellus Wright Cox and Smith (Richmond, Va.) architectural drawings, 1990-1991
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- Architecture -- Virginia | Richmond -- 20th century
- Richmond (Va.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
- Architectural drawings
- Floor plans
- Marcellus Wright Cox and Smith (Richmond, Va.)
- Elevations (orthographic projections)
- National Theatre (Richmond, Va.)
- Theaters -- Virginia | Richmond
- Business records -- Virginia | Richmond
- Architectural drawings, 1990-1991, of proposed renovations to the National Theatre by the firm Marcellus Wright, Cox and Smith (Richmond, Va.). Included in this collection are drawings of the south and west elevations and a number of floor plans including, the mezzanine, balcony, and street levels and the roof and fan rooms
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- The National Theatre, constructed by the architect Claude K. Howell in 1922, is located at the northeast corner of East Broad and 7th Streets in downtown Richmond, Virginia. The exterior of the National Theatre resembles an Italian Renaissance villa while inside is more restrained. Oval domes over the two-level lobby and the auditorium give an impression of palatial spaciousness.
- The National's roster of performers ranged from vaudeville novelty acts like the "Mermaid in the Crystal Bowl" to the 1934 Broadway double bill of "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" and "Candida," both of which featured a young Orson Welles and stage legend Katherine Cornell. Musicians who played there included Eddie Cantor and the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Barbra Streisand's "Funny Girl" opened in 1968 with fanfare and spotlights. The last picture show at The National was Lou Ferrigno's "Hercules," Sept. 5, 1983.
- In 1989 the National Theatre was puchased by the Historic Richmond Foundation after learning it had become threatend for deomolition for surface parking. For years the foundation maintained and stabilized the building. In September 2006, the Historic Richmond Foundation sold the National Theatre to RIC Capital Ventures, LLC, who renovated the historic theatre into a 1500-seat live music venue for downtown Richmond. It has been renamed "The National."
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