New Theater Breathes New Life Into Scottsville

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

December 18, 2005

Charlottesville is known for it's appreciation of the arts -- and that culture is spreading south.

The Victory Hall Theatre nestled the heart of Scottsville has been a defining characteristic of the town for almost a century.

"It's wonderful to have the theater back in use again. It's brought a lot of people to town and it's brought a lot of the arts to town as well," said Mayor Steve Phipps.

It's been open less than a year and before that it sat without life.

"We worked for about four years on plans to take as I said a big empty space that had been left and had been used virtually as a parking bay or garage and we were supposed to return it to some semblance of a theater," said Bobby Spencer who was on the Victory Hall Theater Remodeling Committee.

In 1920 the building hosted live theater, but then changed to screen films. After that it became home to the Scottsville Fire Department and then Rescue Squad.

Now the Cardinal Café found inside again hosts live acts every Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m.

"It's all non-profit, nobody makes any money here, we're all doing it out of the goodness of our heart, just to keep things going to make Scottsville a better town," said Ron Newsome of the Cardinal Cafe.

Both local and statewide musicians are donating their time now, but the theater organizers hope as it grows to pay them for their talent.

To find a listing of their shows visit their website at: www.cardinalcafe.net.


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