Awesome venue idea: MOVIE THEATER

November 22 2008 | arielmstallings

Portraits at the Naro

So you say you don't want to get married in a church, but it's autumn so you're not doing it outside or in your backyard.

Bars aren't really your style and while cave is cool and lofts are swank … you want something different.

Nikki & Avi and have a great suggestion for you: their wedding was held at Norfolk, Virginia's Naro Cinema!

The photos are total eye-candy, from the fabulous paper-flower centerpieces to the OM NOM NOM fruit spread and the minimalist autumnal look of the whole movie house wedding. (Bonus: Nikki rocked her glasses through the thang.)

So, go: Feast your eyes!

  1. I LOVE it! (I actually almost did this for mine but couldn't find anything half as cool as the Nero) The thing I love about this wedding (and this whole site, really) is that it makes me feel like they could be really good friends if we ever met.

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  2. I wonder how many people drove by wondering what movie "Avi and Nikki's Wedding" was and why they hadn't seen previews. Love the dress and the names up in lights!

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  3. This is what we're doing. Poor atheists in January? Large hotels, churches and parks are out. Vintage movie theater it is! It's locally owned, (and owned by friends to boot! Super cheap!) and is connected directly to us and our interests (aspiring film-makers). It's got history (it was a porn theater in the 60s! HELL YES!) and is adorably quaint and quirky.

    I really think it's a great option for any OBB.

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  4. That is awesome! I actually recognized the theater… its an old theater near where I used to live. It's awesome to see it used in such a great way!

  5. Oh WOW! I am so excited that one of our pics made it to the blog Ariel! This site really gave me the focus and belief that I could do anything that I wanted with this wedding. I appreciate all of the strong women that you give a voice to every day.

    As for Stacy's question you can find a lot of vintage dress shops online, I went to a traditional dress shop with a GREAT alterations department. I got a inexpensive destination wedding dress, upped the hemline, and added some child sized crinoline underneath to get the volume I wanted. The folks I worked with were great, I told them my vision of a Dorothy Dandridge wedding and they helped me pull it off with wonderful bridesmaids dresses to boot.

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  6. My friends got married last year in October at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, PA (historical site for its appearance in the original 1930s Blob http://www.thecolonialtheatre.com/). It was only $500 to rent for the day, had their names on the marquee and its just a classic old style theater so that was a plus. Made me start thinking about doing something similar. The best part was when we all stood outside taking pictures of the wedding party in front of the theater. Had to stop traffic a few times on the busy street so the photographer could stand further back. Plus they had the local bagpipe band playing, it was quite the sight.

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  7. Hi Guys,

    If you're looking for a similar venue in the New York/New Jersey area, check this place out. I'm getting married there in October and it's stunning. Best part – it's so beautiful already you don't have to blow your budget on decor!

    http://www.loewsjersey.org/

  8. congratulations! your venue's awesome! beautiful wedding! i didnt think your sister would catch the bouquet because she's all the way down the corner. lol. go sister! 🙂

  9. I was a bridesmaid at a wedding at the Naro in 2001 — and I believe that it was the first wedding the Naro had. The couple I stood up for were, at the time, the directors for the cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, which has been at the Naro for 30 years. It was a great wedding! Very offbeat, too.

  10. I'm getting married in a movie theater too! Amazingly, I got the idea before I found this website, but I am sure glad I did. My Rocky Horror Picture Show cast, Help Me Mommy (NW Indiana, Hobart) performs Rocky in this awesome theater built in 1930. It has two gigantic murals inside (space pegasus and one-boobed ladies that glow under blacklight! haha!). The best part is the owner isn't charging us because we're Rocky folks 😀 Wonderful pictures, and thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Does anyone have any suggestions for a movie theatre wedding venue in Southern California? I'm trying to avoid LA.. but I'd consider it.

    THANKS

  12. Jason…

    There is an old tyme movie theater in El Segundo called the Old Town Music Hall. The owners are Wurlitzer affictionados and there is a full Wurlitzer organ in the space. No idea if they do events but I always found it to be charming. http://www.otmh.org/

  13. I love it. I really hope I can do something like this for my wedding.
    One married friend thought my choice of venue "set a bad tone" for my marriage because, SURPRISE, old venues are usually haunted.
    Because dead people are never put in churches, right?
    I will deal with a hundred ghosts for some original antique masonry.

  14. I'm getting married in an renovated 1920's movie theater in my hometown too.
    I fell in love with it when I saw the art deco theme inside. It's absolutely my favorite thing about my wedding plans so far.

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