Old Church Hill theater to be transformed into apartments

An interior only a redeveloper could love: inside the East End Theater. (Photos by Burl Rolett)

An interior only a redeveloper could love: inside the East End Theater. (Photos by Burl Rolett)

RICHMOND, Va. (RichmondBizSense.com) – A faint trace of the words “East End” on a marquee is one of few remnants left of the theater that a dilapidated Church Hill building once housed.

Forty years ago, the East End Theater on 25th Street could hold upward of 800 spectators. Today, weeds and small trees grow from where there used to be a floor. Graffiti lines what remains of the theater’s walls. Its roof has collapsed.

“I didn’t realize what I was getting into,” local developer Josh Bilder said as he walked through the rubble where theatergoers once took in the films of the day. “This whole building is complicated … it’s crumbling.”

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