is a performing theatre located in Norfolk, Virginia
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. The NorVa's name consists of an abbreviation relating to its location.
The NorVa was the brainchild of local music venue entrepreneurs Bill Reid and Rick Mersel, who have also developed the NTelos Wireless Pavilion
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and have ties to the development of the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
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The original NorVa theatre thrived as a premier movie theatre into the 1970s. The building served as home to the Downtown Athletic Club from 1980 until 1998 when it was renovated for its current use. The building is often known by its patrons to be charming and aesthetically pleasing due to its rustic and old-style appearance. The NorVa features top-notch acoustics, acoustics provided by a state-of-the-art V-DOSC sound system and engineered acoustical padding throughout the walls. The NorVa's stage area also features extensive utilities and lighting for special effects. Many bands have regarded the NorVa as one of the best venues in the United States, due not only to its great sound and intimate setting, but also to its many backstage amenities.
The NorVa consists of a main dance floor and a wraparound balcony. There is special seating and a secluded lounge for those with a house VIP membership. While the dance floor is usually standing room only, there are tables on the second floor. Both floors have sizable bars with the option for an additional mini bar added on the dance floor. The venue offers a designated area for handicap patrons. Smoking inside is not allowed in Virginia but there is a huge smoking courtyard accessible from inside the venue that also has a mini bar when the weather warrants it. The Rock Shop is a trendy bar area near the front doors where patrons can step away from the concert without leaving the building. The venue is fairly open with a good view up to the five-foot-high stage-- something normally reserved for much larger venues. There are also several TVs in the bar areas broadcasting a view of the stage.
The NorVa is known for taking good care of its artists. The venue's backstage experience consists of In-house Catering, Dining Room lined with autographed drum heads and other memorabilia, Laundry Facilities, Recreation Room, Pool Table, Foosball, Ping Pong, Production Office, Multiple Dressing Rooms, Big Screen TVs, Leather Couches, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Indoor Basketball Court, and Massage Therapist available upon request.
The NorVa faces MacArthur Mall's north parking garage. Limited street parking is also available.
Early Entry Program:
The venue is supported by The Jewish Mother's Backstage location. NorVa patrons can enter through the restaurant 15 minutes prior to the front doors.
2000 - James Brown performed the inaugural show.
2001 - Prince sold out the venue in less than five minutes.
2002 - The NorVa hosted the after party for the Larry Holmes
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fight, promoted by Daryl DeCroix and Frank Azzalina. It was Larry Holmes' last professional fight.
-January:* January – following an investigation by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and London detectives, police raids in England and the Netherlands recover nearly 500 original Beatles studio tapes, recorded during the Let It Be sessions. Five people are arrested...
- The hard rock band Chevelle
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released a DVD entitled "Live from the NorVA
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2008 - The NorVa was named one of the top five rock venues by Rolling Stone Magazine.