Jeffrey Yates Moves to Save the Old Town Theater Once Again

by Lee Hernly, Editor

Old Town Theater in Alexandria, Virginia

UPDATED (6:50 PM): Adjusted business info for Mr. Yates (See below).

As we reported FIRST back in April, Jeffrey Yates was looking to raise the curtain on the Old Town Theater and save it as an entertainment venue. In June of this year, there were some issues with the deal to purchase the property from PMA properties owner Rob Kaufman so the deal fell through.

According to planning documents filed TODAY with the City, Jeffrey Yates, owner of Yates Car Wash, Table Talk Restaurant and the when-will-it-open Yates Pizzeria in Alexandria, is looking to purchase the long-shuttered Old Town Theater building once again. He’s looking to keep the space as an amusement enterprise featuring LIVE entertainment, music concerts, etc in the 1914 theater building located at 815 1/2 King Street.

I personally would LOVE to see the old theater reinvigorated. What about you?

The administrative application (PDF) says that Mr. Yates will work off the existing SUP for the space. It is unclear on hours, etc. at the present time. In addition, Mr. Yates plans on offering valet parking with the purchase of the property. This administrative application (PDF) was ALSO filed today.

If you have any comments regarding this request, please contact Planning and Zoning staff at 703 746-4666 or email planner Ann Horowitz directly. The deadline for comments for both of these applications is Wednesday, October 14, 2015.

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U.R. Wrong
U.R. Wrong
September 29, 2015 6:41 pm

JEFF Yates doesn’t own Yates Automotive. JASON Yates does.

“Alexandria’s Neighborhood Blog” doesn’t seem to actually know much about Alexandria. Or how to use Google to check basic facts.

PCW Staff
Reply to  U.R. Wrong
September 29, 2015 6:45 pm

Thank you UR – Got that from what I thought was a credible news source. Will adjust post. I don’t know everything so, I rely on our fantastic readers like you to keep me straight.

PCW Staff
Reply to  PCW Staff
September 29, 2015 6:52 pm

UR – Updated. Thank you once again.

September 29, 2015 7:32 pm

Must be some issues there?? But really nobody cares who owns what. Jeffery seems to be doing a better job trying keep Alexandria true to its history. I would love to see the movie theater and the pizza place return as staples in our community!!

September 29, 2015 11:02 pm

No, just no. The concept just doesn’t work for that space. Too many other competing venues nowadays. Add in it’s a pain to park near the location. Just let it go and become either retail or office space.

Jessie N.
September 30, 2015 11:08 am

Leaving it to retail or yet another restaurant would be a mistake. King St. would greatly benefit from a movie theater. For those who live in Old Town, there are no movie theaters that are within walking distance. It could even become an “artsy” movie house like E St. Cinema in D.C. that shows lesser-known films and cult classics (like, “Rocky Horror”) at midnight showings. I think something like that would fill a niche that King St. does not currently have and would definitely attract visitors and locals alike.

Reply to  Jessie N.
September 30, 2015 10:34 pm

There are movie theaters close to Old Town at Potomac Yards as well as AMC Hoffman in walking distance to the Carlyle area. Shirlington has an “artsy” movie theater and easier parking and is a short drive away. There are not enough residents living within walking distance to support a theater on King St.

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