“Date Night” in Portsmouth

We lingered in Portsmouth for one more night. Our friends on Magnolia joined us here and we all agreed it was time for a “date night” to celebrate the beginning of our ICW trip AND the sunshine peeking through the clouds. We found the perfect place – The Commodore Theater, a  “luxuriously restored 1945 Art Deco style motion picture theater” in the historic section of Portsmouth. After 30 years, the theater closed its doors in 1975. In 1987 it was purchased and restoration work began to restore it back to its original 1945 grandeur. The artwork in both the auditorium and lobby areas was completely redone, including the repainting of the 20 by 40 foot side murals.

Using our “car” to go ashore to the movies (photo credit to Magnolia)

The Commodore Theater

The Commodore Theater

Mural decorating one side of the theater

Mural decorating one side of the theater

The brochure states – “Not just a meal – not just a movie. An unforgettable experience.” To top off the ambiance, the theater also serves meals at tables with comfortable chairs. You order your food by telephone from the table! The food is mostly sandwiches and light meals; nothing gourmet, but satisfying. Frankly, it was really unusual and great fun. We had a terrific time. The movie was Captain Philips, starring Tom Hanks. How fitting that we saw a movie with Navy ships and a container vessel (let’s not include the pirates) while we are anchored in Norfolk’s  harbor.

Not your usual movie theater seating!

Not your usual movie theater seating!

Michele ordered our meals over the phone right at our table

Michele ordered our meals over the phone right at our table (photo credit to Magnolia)

Anthony and Annette, Magnolia

Anthony and Annette, Magnolia

Guess who? (photo credit to Magnolia)

Tomorrow morning both Magnolia and Kindred Spirit will depart for the first leg of our ICW adventure by heading into the Dismal Swamp Canal. Good news  – we saw the sun this afternoon!!

Good Night, Norfolk, Good Night!

Good Night, Norfolk, Good Night!

2 thoughts on ““Date Night” in Portsmouth

  1. So sorry I missed you in my home area. I would have LOVED to see a couple sister ships to mine as I rebuild her. Safe travels and fair winds. Ed on Wanderlust.

  2. Did they sell wine? That would be the only addition to make it a perfect date night! It sounds like a great experience. Is there room on your boat for one more??

    Be safe and enjoy!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *