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VLR Listing Date 03/19/2003
NRHP Listing Date 05/19/2003
NRHP Reference Number 03000448
Colonial Theatre, located in the South Hill Commercial Historic District in Mecklenburg County, is an impressive three–story commercial brick building that was constructed by Gilbert A. Saunders in 1925. Colonial Theatre was built to house live entertainment, including vaudeville and musical productions, and later, silent movies and modern motion pictures. The interior features ceramic tile floors, wood paneling, and pressed metal ceilings. The original metal seats survive. The building housed the post office on the ground floor and offices and a Masonic meeting room on the upper floors. The building stood vacant for many years before it was rehabilitated using tax credits and re-purposed as South Hill’s Colonial Center for Performing Arts.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark
Updated: December 16, 2021