The Naro Expanded Cinema is a movie theater located in Norfolk, Virginia, that shows a combination of old classic movies and independent films. The Naro Expanded Cinema is an art-house theater created in 1936 by William S. Wilder.
The Naro Expanded Cinema specializes in classic films and movies that are not mainstream. The theater hosts a special event called Mal Vincent Classic Movie Festival every summer. During this event, the Naro plays a series of old classic movies, including titles such as "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" and "The Sun Also Rises." Mal Vincent, a local movie critic, provides commentary in the downtime between movie showings.
The Naro Expanded Cinema cost $75,000 to create and was a suburban theater. It was equipped with 500 seats and the latest amenities upon opening. A Shakespearean adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" featuring Dick Powell and James Cagney was the opening night movie for the Naro Cinema.
In the 1970s, the Naro Expanded Cinema acted as a playhouse for a short time. It was called The Actor's Theater and ran live-stage productions. Tench Phillips and Thom Vourlas took over the Naro Cinema's ownership in 1977. They changed the theater's focus to independent art films and foreign films. The Naro prospered in the 1970s and 1980s when it was the sole source of classic and independent movies.