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Kimball Theater Closes Jyly 6th
Nothing to do with our Tribe sports, but many will be interested to know that the Kimball Theater, movie location for tens of thousands of W&M students since 1933 and, I'm sure, all on this board, is being closed down on July 6th by Colonial Williamsburg.

It will only reopen if CW can find either a leaser or buyer...and no guarantee it will be as a theater.

CW, in the midst of a vast economic reorganization, claims the Kimball lost 800k in the past year.

It will be missed by many.
07-01-2017 11:11 AM
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CW lost over 50 million last year. I can't say that Kimball was a big part of it.
07-01-2017 11:52 AM
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Doubt it will stay closed long.

CW used it primarily as a performance space, when it should be primarily be used to show critically acclaimed film and/or cult classics. Art-house theater in a college town is a standard institution and Im sure there is some organization that presides over these types of facilities to be contracted.

Alternative would be a rock-concert hall that sold alcohol and had indie bands. Nothing like that in Williamsburg. Doubt CW allows that though.
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07-01-2017 12:27 PM
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Saw some great (Easy Rider) and not so great (The Reivers - not Steve McQueen's best work) movies there.
07-01-2017 01:23 PM
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Fall 1978, my senior year, I was interested in a fellow student on campus, a junior. The Kimball was playing The Sound of Music which I liked well enough and knew that the women liked it too. So I invited this girl to that movie -- and boy did I step into a huge heaping steaming mass of good fortune with that move. Turns out that it was (and still is) her all time favorite movie. The rest, as they say, is history. We celebrate 35 years of marriage this October. THANKS KIMBALL THEATER!!!!!!
07-01-2017 02:28 PM
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(07-01-2017 02:28 PM)Zorch Wrote:  Fall 1978, my senior year, I was interested in a fellow student on campus, a junior. The Kimball was playing The Sound of Music which I liked well enough and knew that the women liked it too. So I invited this girl to that movie -- and boy did I step into a huge heaping steaming mass of good fortune with that move. Turns out that it was (and still is) her all time favorite movie. The rest, as they say, is history. We celebrate 35 years of marriage this October. THANKS KIMBALL THEATER!!!!!!

The class of 1978 was, and is, a fine wine !!04-cheers
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Some outfit with some imagination will come in here. It's critical to the block. I too have lots of memories of the Kimball.
07-02-2017 01:38 PM
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I remember going there with some friends to see The Omen, starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. Only movie I saw there but it freaked us out, we were up all night reading the Book of Revelations.
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I remember seeing cult classics there where everybody in the theater knew the words. It was fun, but is probably due for some renovations at least.
07-03-2017 12:56 PM
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Kimball...also known as the Williamsburg Theater back in the day,. installed all new, modern projection and sound systems in January!
07-03-2017 02:26 PM
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Kimball Theater Closes Jyly 6th
(07-03-2017 12:56 PM)TribeInTheBurg Wrote:  I remember seeing cult classics there where everybody in the theater knew the words. It was fun, but is probably due for some renovations at least.


Yeah - I went there once. It was to see Monty Python and the Holy Grail and recite along with the rest of the crowd 03-wink.
07-03-2017 06:53 PM
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(07-03-2017 06:53 PM)wml33t Wrote:  
(07-03-2017 12:56 PM)TribeInTheBurg Wrote:  I remember seeing cult classics there where everybody in the theater knew the words. It was fun, but is probably due for some renovations at least.


Yeah - I went there once. It was to see Monty Python and the Holy Grail and recite along with the rest of the crowd 03-wink.
I remember going to see the Shining there. It came out well before my time, so it was pretty cool to experience it on the big screen.
07-03-2017 07:25 PM
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Well, I also saw Casablanca there...and it was NOT First Run!!

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07-03-2017 08:05 PM
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(07-03-2017 02:26 PM)BigTribe3 Wrote:  Kimball...also known as the Williamsburg Theater back in the day,. installed all new, modern projection and sound systems in January!

I didn't know what the poster was talking about since it wasn't called Kimbal when I was in college.
07-06-2017 09:05 AM
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Colonial Williamsburg signs lease with William & Mary to operate Kimball Theatre

William & Mary will use the location for theatre instruction and performances as well as performances by other university groups.
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07-18-2017 11:44 AM
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(07-18-2017 11:44 AM)Tribal Wrote:  Colonial Williamsburg signs lease with William & Mary to operate Kimball Theatre

William & Mary will use the location for theatre instruction and performances as well as performances by other university groups.

Now that is making lemonade out of lemons!
07-18-2017 01:10 PM
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This makes a ton of sense. Glad they were able to put it together so quickly.
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A great move by the College. Not only benefits W&M as starting next year Phi Bete will be shut down and the first stage of a large new W&M Arts Complex built (making it unavailable for two plus years,
but we do the town of Williamsburg a big favor that will go over big with everyone..

Hope W&M will continue to run the great arts films too.
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Theyre supposed to tear down the Campus Center and likely with it, Trinkle Hall...which was often used to play movies etc. Kimball would work perfectly as a replacement.
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This definitely makes it easier to reboot the Campus Center. What a nightmare layout that place was. How many 60s/70s era buildings will we have left to renovate after this?
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