Stables Theatre

Located at the corner of 47th Street and Monarch Way, the Stables Theatre houses the costume shop and the design studio classroom for the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University (ODU).

Paul Dicklin (l) and Erlene Hendrix (center) in front of Stables Theatre, circa 1990-1999


Built in 1916, the Stables Theatre is the oldest building on the ODU campus. The building was originally used by the Norfolk Light Infantry Blues during World Wars I and II to board their horses. The facility was acquired in 1965 and was restored in 1976 as a rehearsal space for the Department of Music.


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