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About the Roper

The TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center occupies the former Loews State Theater building in the revitalized downtown Norfolk, Virginia. Originally built in elegant style in 1926, TCC lovingly restored this former movie and Vaudeville palace as a state-of-the-art performance venue.

Featuring sumptuous surroundings with gilded box seats, glass chandeliers and ornate, hand painted architectural details, the Roper has been lauded by theater critics as "a cathedral to the past". The Roper now hosts the range of the performing arts as well as feature films and college convocations, commencements and symposia. Comfortably seating up to 900 guests, this vibrant centerpiece of the downtown entertainment district has been fitted out with state-of-the-art technology, enabling the production of the most demanding performances.

About the Loews State Theater
On May 10, 1926 the newest of Marcus Loew's stylish movie palaces opened its doors along the trolly tracks on Granby Street in Norfolk, Virginia.

Nicknamed "Dixie's Million Dollar Dandy," the Loews State Theater featured luxurious surroundings - gilded box seats, glass chandeliers and a state-of-the-art air conditioning system in which electric fans blew the humid sea air over huge blocks of ice. For thirty-five cents, one could catch the latest feature film, see six acts of Vaudeville, and be serenaded by both the Mighty Wurlitzer and the theater's own orchestra.

Over the years the charms of live entertainment couldn't keep Hollywood from upstaging Vaudeville, so eventually the spotlights were replaced by the Technicolor glow of the wide screen.

As the decades rolled by, the elegant Loews entertained generations of moviegoers, but slowly followed much of downtown Norfolk into disrepair. The silver screen flickered one last time in the 1970's, and then went dark for over twenty years.

Now downtown Norfolk has undergone an astounding renaissance of which this elegant old theater is a vibrant centerpiece. Owned by Tidewater Community College, the lovingly restored Loews was reborn in 2001 as The TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center.

Fitted out as a state-of-the-art performance venue and luxurious once again, the Roper offers performing arts of every variety. Its historic walls again resonate with the sound of applause, just as they did so long ago when audiences paid their two bits, howled at the Vaudeville comedians, and marveled at movies that talked.