Named in honor of Crispus Attucks, an African-American who was the first to die in the Revolutionary War, the Attucks Theatre is the nation’s oldest theatre designed, developed, financed and operated entirely by African Americans. The venue opened its doors in 1919, backed by a group of the black businessmen from Norfolk and Portmouth intent on making it a regional mecca for entertainment and commerce.
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Once known as “The Apollo of the South,” a host of legendary performers graced the stage of the Attucks during its heyday including Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Cab Callaway, Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington, Redd Foxx and many, many more.
The Attucks was one of my favorite places to perform on the East coast.” Duke Ellington
For 34 years, the venuee remained a vibrant performing arts facility, but ceased functioning in 1953. Designated as a National Historic Landmark by the United States Congress in 1977, the Attucks Theatre reopened its doors in 2oo4 after extensive renovations. Today it is home to the Crispus Attucks Cultural Center, as well as a full line, modern arts & entertainment facility operated by the City of Norfolk under the name Seven Venues.
The Attucks Theatre
1010 Church Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
Tel: (757) 622-4763
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