Commonwealth Architects

Beacon Theatre

Hopewell, VA
Size: 16,800 sf
Services: Historic Tax CreditsArchitectureHistoric ArchitectureInterior Architecture
Awards: Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE), Best Cultural Project - 2015 AIA Richmond, Honor Award - 2015 Urban Land Institute, Best Renovation Project - 2014 Virginia Society AIA, Excellence in Historic Preservation - 2014 ASID/IIDA Virginia, Interior Design Excellence Award, Historic Preservation (Honorable Mention) - 2014

Commonwealth Architects led the design team for the rehabilitation of The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, Virginia for the City of Hopewell. Completed in two phases, the 16,800 square feet theatre has been transformed into a new multi-use venue for performing arts.

Built as a movie house in 1928, the Beacon Theatre was a source of civic pride for decades but fell into disrepair after its closing in 1981. Phase I included the cleaning and repointing of exterior brick work; restoration of the original windows, doors and storefronts; complete roof replacement; and restoration of the original theatre entrance foyer, marquee and signage.

The recently completed phase II of the project returned the neglected interior of the building to its former splendor, yet still converted it into a fully functioning contemporary theatre. The challenges of blending state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems within the framework of this historic building required careful coordination to integrate seamlessly into the historic fabric. The character defining spaces were restored including the lobby, auditorium, balcony and stage.

Inspired by the Beacon’s heritage and a continued commitment to deliver memorable moments of entertainment, the recent rehabilitation saved one of Hopewell’s most beloved buildings.

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