State considering delisting Donk’s Theatre from historic register

Photo Courtesy: Mathews County Building Official Jamie Wilks

MATHEWS COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — State officials at an upcoming meeting will consider whether or not to delist Donk’s Theatre from the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.

Donk’s Theatre was destroyed after the roof collapsed during a severe winter weather event in late-January. Officials said in January that the collapse left the building at a total loss.

Photos: Roof collapse at Donk’s Theater

The Virginia Board of Historic Resources will consider delisting the theatre at a meeting on Sept. 15.

In an August 8 letter to the theatre’s owners, James Hare with the Department of Historic Resources says that the theatre is no longer eligible to be listed due to the loss of the building.

The Department of Historic Resources also sent a letter to Mathews County officials on August 8, notifying them that delisting Donk’s Theatre will be considered.

Donk’s Theatre was built in the 1940’s and featured many musical performers over the years.

Department officials told WAVY.com Wednesday that delisting the theatre is not a punitive action.

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