THIS LISTING IS FOR AN ULTRA RARE VINTAGE WWII HANDPAINTED WOODEN. RED, WHITE & BLUE U. CITY HALL AVENUE, NORFOLK VIRGINIA - PLEASE REFER TO THE LAST PICTURE I HAVE ON THIS LISTING TO SEE A PICTURE OF HOW THE BYRD CINEMA LOOKED LIKE DURING WWII, WHEN THIS SIGN WAS OWNED BY THEM AND HUNG ON THIER INDOOR/OUTDOOR WALLS OF THIER CINEMA AS ADVERTISING FOR U.BONDS - KNOWN AS "WAR BONDS" OR "VICTORY BONDS". WAR BONDS LIKE THIS SIGN WAS USED FOR. BUT THEY WOULD DO IT BY SHOWING BATTLE SCENES OF OUR VICTORIES OR THE HORROR THE ENEMIES WERE UP TO ON THE BIG SCREEN. HOWEVER AS IT STATES BELOW AS PART OF THE BYRD CINEMAS HISTORY - DURING THE 1940's-1950's THEY MAINLY SHOWED 1930's WESTERNS, WHICH MAKES SENSE WITH THE DISRUPTION IN MOVIE PRODUCTION DUE TO WWII.
BUT WHEN THEY SHOWED THESE WESTERNS, THEY SHOWED DOUBLE FEATURES, WHICH ARE BACK TO BACK MOVIES. & I THINK AT THIS PARTICULAR CINEMA IT WAS IN BETWEEN THE DOUBLE FEATURES WHEN THEY ADVERTISED FOR THE U. BUT PLEASE READ BELOW - A BRIEF HISTORY ON THE BYRD CINEMA APPROXIMATE DATE BYRD CINEMA WAS IN OPERATIONS BEFORE IT WAS TORN DOWN (1940 -1970) IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA LOL I KNOW THIS SOUNDS LIKE A CONSPIRACY THEORY BUT IT ALMOST SEEMS LIKE A CINEMA THE U. This was a small theater on City Hall Avenue, east of and next to the Monticello Arcade.In the 1940's and 1950's it showed 1930's and 40's era Westerns, usually a double feature. As part of the building, there was a very narrow hot dog stand fronting on the street. The theater was closed around 1970 and was demolished.