Attucks at 100 is the year-long celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Norfolk’s historic Attucks Theatre. Celebrations including concerts, theater and special events are planned for 2019 and will be announced in the coming months.
“Norfolk is proud to celebrate the rich history of this landmark theatre and cultural impact it has had on the city for the last 100 years,” said Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander. “Opened in 1919, the Attucks Theatre hosted legendary performances from Duke Ellington to Red Foxx. In 2019, this former mecca of entertainment for Norfolk’s African American community will illuminate again with performances and events that echo its former glory and herald in a new era of entertainment.”
In 1977, the United States Congress designated The Attucks Theatre as a National Historic Landmark. In 2004, a partnership between the City of Norfolk’s Department of Cultural Facilities and the Crispus Attucks Cultural Center, Inc. led to a restoration of the famous theatre, and since then the Attucks has become a gathering place for great performances and a proud icon of the Church Street community, the City of Norfolk and the region.
Throughout the anniversary year of 2019, Attucks at 100 will celebrate the legacy of this landmark theatre, and its importance to the past, present and future of the City and the region, with a goal of making the Attucks Theatre a destination for visitors and for residents, a point of pride and home for great performances for many more years to come.