The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre
(formerly the Empire)
Marjorie Arentstein Stage
At Virginia Rep Center
114 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Box Office (804) 282-2620
Administrative Office (804) 783-1688
Seating capacity: 350 orchestra, 250 balcony
All of our venues are wheelchair accessible. You can purchase wheelchair seating online or via the box office.
Induction Loop Hearing System
Thanks to a generous gift from Sara Belle and Neil November and a partnership with Richmond Hearing Doctors, a new state-of the-art induction loop hearing system has been installed in the November Theatre.
About the Venue
The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre opened as the Empire Theatre on December 24, 1911, and featured stars like Lucille LaVerne and John Bunny.
In 1927, a fire damaged the space, and it lay dark until it was re-opened in 1933 as the Booker T Theatre, which featured films and vaudeville performances until 1974.
Theatre IV purchased the theatre and its neighboring Walker Theatre (which later became the Little Theatre and finally, Theatre Gym) in 1986. Restorations were completed in 1990, and Theatre IV presented performances for children and families in the renovated space, which they renamed the Empire Theatre.
Twenty-one years later, with the Empire in need of new renovations, Sara Belle and Neil November made a $2 million gift for restoration, and in 2012 the Empire Theatre was renamed the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre.
Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV merged in 2012 to become Virginia Rep, and we continue to present performances at this downtown, historic theatre.
In 2013, the stage at the November Theatre was renamed to the Marjorie Arenstein Stage to honor the legacy of prominent Richmond actress, Marjorie Arenstein.