On Saturday, August 13, 2011, the Valentine Richmond History Center presents its third annual Lesbian and Gay History Bus Tour. Leading up to the event, GayRVA.com will feature vintage photos from Beth Marshack’s “Lesbian & Gay Richmond” mirrored with images of the city today.
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Sign-up for the bus tour before August 5 and you could be entered to win your ride for free. For more information on the bus tour, click here.
Then: Loew’s Theater
In 1928, William Haines and Joan Crawford starred in West Point, the inaugural film at Loew’s Theater, located on 6th and East Grace Street. Haines was the first ever actor in Hollywood to come out publicly. Working for MGM, he was also the first actor to appear in a “talking” film. Haines retired from acting in 1934 and became an interior decorator. He and his partner, Jimmie Shields, resided together until Haines’ death.
CenterStage now boasts three venues including the Carpenter Theater, Rhythm Hall and Gottwald Playhouse after being recently renovated for over $70 million.
Photos from Valentine Richmond History Center & Gillan Ludlow.