The Buchanan Theatre

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The Town of Buchanan thanks the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts for the opportunity to participate in the Local Government Challenge Grant to assist the Buchanan Theatre.

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Once an icon of modernity, the familiar 1950’s Buchanan Theatre neon sign is now a vintage artifact. Each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday patrons of the Buchanan Theatre are greeted by the familiar hum of the red and green neon and the scent of buttered popcorn floating through the doors.

Inside an Art Deco Period concession stand featuring streamline curves, ornamental popcorn machine and beautiful pressed metal ceiling transport visitors back to an earlier era when going to the movie was an experience.


Built in 1914, the Buc100_1304hanan Theatre was designated as a National Register Historic Landmark in 1998 as a contributing structure to the Town of Buchanan Historic District. Since reopening, the Buchanan Theatre has been honored by City Magazine with their “Best of the City” Awards as “Best Place to See a Film 2004.” The Buchanan Theatre has also been recognized as being named one of the venues for the Roanoke Valley Film Festival 2005 & 2006 and designated as the winner of the 2008 “Heart of the City Award” given by the Valley Conservation Council. Readers of the Roanoke Times Botetourt View have voted the Buchanan Theatre “Best Place for a First Date” 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as well as “Best Place to Hear Local Music” 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016.

In 2013, the Buchanan Theatre upgraded its’ projection system and opened its’ doors offering customers a state of the art Digital Projection System with surround sound for enhanced viewing.

You and your family are invited to become part of this award winning Buchanan effort. To join Standing Room Only, or, to make a donation to this non profit agency check out the website at or call (540) 254-1155.  These beautiful brass ornaments in a gift box are available at the Buchanan Theatre for only $20 each. A perfect way to support the Theatre while getting a unique gift, or, keepsake.