Vinegar Hill Theater

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Vinegar Hill Theater was an independent movie theater in downtown Charlottesville. It showed domestic and international films and participated in the Virginia Film Festival and the Virginia Film Society.[1] The theater closed following a final showing on August 4, 2013.[2]

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The theater was opened in 1976 by Chief Gordon and Ann Porotti[3] as a classic movie venue[1] in a former garage and motorcycle showroom.[2] Porotti sold the theater in 2008 to Adam Greenbaum of Visualite Cinemas in Staunton.[4][1] In February 2013, the theater installed new digital projectors costing $60,000. But it was unable to compete with the Regal Cinema multiplex that opened in Stonefield in fall 2012.[2] The last film shown was Much Ado About Nothing on August 4, 2013.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Web. Vinegar Hill: the long almost-goodbye, Carroll Trainum, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, 6 Nov 2008, retrieved 26 Mar 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Web. Last picture show: Vinegar Hill to close after 37 years, Lisa Provence, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, 2 Aug 2013, retrieved 5 Aug 2013.
  3. Web. The (Mostly) True Story of Fellini's, J. Tobias Beard, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, Sept 27 2011
  4. Web. Vinegar Hill back from the dead!, Courtenay Stuart, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, October 29, 2008

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