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Adult admission $8.00
Children 10-13 $7.00 (under 10 years of age are NOT admitted!)
Seniors 65 and over $6.00
We now accept credit cards,cash or gift certificates at the boxoffice. Pay with cash and receive one dollar off of these prices!

Sorry, no telephone
reservations, and same
day ticket sales only.

Gift certificates are available at the boxoffice for food and admission: a distinctive and affordable item that makes a GREAT gift for the holidays or any occasion!

Lucasfilm THX

Dolby Digital

Accessibility Information
Accessibility Information

THE COMMODORE THEATRE is a luxuriously restored 1945 Art Deco style motion picture theatre presenting first run films with a fine dining restaurant within the main auditorium.

December 21st marks the 25th anniversary of the re-opening of THE COMMODORE THEATRE! We will be celebrating in our lobby from 2 PM to 4 PM on Sunday, December 21st. Please stop by and help us begin the next 25 years!!

In honor of our opening in December,1989, we are showing NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION which first premiered at the same time we re-opened THE COMMODORE!

COMMODORE THEATRE gift certificates make great gifts for any occasion! Available for sale in our box office during regular box office hours. Also, by mail; please send a check to us at: P.O. Box 220, Portsmouth, VA 23705; make sure you include your name, address & phone number; also, if you wish us to send the certificate to the recipient, please include their mailing information as well.

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Located in historic Old Town Portsmouth, Virginia, THE COMMODORE features a 41 foot screen and THX and DOLBY DIGITAL sound. Every film is presented as it is meant to be seen, in a luxurious, state-of-the-art theatre. We now are very proud to announce that we have installed the latest in digital projection equipment: BARCO DP4K-23B with the DSS200 DOLBY server! Our presentation is better than any other theatre in the area!

We are on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.

We receive quite a few inquiries about our reservation policy for our dining area. The reason we do not accept phone or internet reservations is that seating assignments are done from a seating chart that is only available in the boxoffice for the same day as the performance and we find that sometimes plans change and reservations that are made more than one day ahead tend not to be used, possibly depriving someone else that table.

There are a few ways to avoid the "sold out" issue in dining: plan on attending an early week night (Monday or Tuesday) as these evenings are usually slower than weekends; also most matinees are not as busy for lunch. Normally, the shows that sell out in the dining area are the Friday and Saturday evening performances; however, due to the popularity of this film, we may sell out other performances as well. If you wish tickets for any show, plan on being in line by at least one hour prior to the scheduled opening times listed below. Please call our information line (757-393-6962) for seating availibility.

The Commodore boxoffice is open Daily at 12:30 PM, except Thursday, Dec 25th when we will open at 5:30 PM.. If we have a line waiting to buy tickets, we reserve the right to open our box office earlier than normal. Our balcony is open each day throughout the holiday period.. Sorry no phone reservations can be taken. Same day ticket sales, in person, at the boxoffice. 24 hour Theatre & show information: (757) 393-6962.

We offer the best in sandwiches, desserts, and pizza, as well as beer, wine, and traditional soft drinks. Our unique ordering system allows you to pick up the phone on your table and place your order directly to our kitchen!

Now Showing


Chevy Chase

nightly at 7 PM through Tuesday Dec 23rd; matinees 2 PM Friday through Wednesday Dec 24th. No 7 PM show on Christmas Eve. Boxoffice will open each day at 12:30 PM.

This engagement will run through December 24th.

This film opened in December, 1989 the same week that we re-opened the COMMODORE THEATRE after being closed since 1975!

Next Attraction


Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp

December 25th at 7 PM only; then daily at 2 & 7PM throughout the holiday period (Jan 4).

This engagement starts December 25th.

The period from December 26th through January 4th will be extremely busy. We suggest that you arrive early to purchase tickets for that day's showings.

Due to the nature of the first run film business, we usually are not sure of our upcoming titles until a week or two prior to the opening of a new film. When the next attraction is selected, it will be posted above.

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