The Norva
The Norva
Location Norfolk, Virginia
Type Music venue
Opened 1920s (original)
2000 (reopened)
Renovated 1998

The NorVA is a performing theatre located in Norfolk, Virginia, with a maximum occupancy of 1,500. The NorVa's name consists of an abbreviation relating to its location.


The NorVa was the brainchild of local music venue entrepreneurs Bill Reid and Rick Mersel, who have also developed the Ntelos Pavilion Harbor Center and have ties to the development of the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater.[1]

The NorVa, more than 80 years old, was renovated in 1998. The building is often known by its patrons to be charming and aesthetically pleasing due to its rustic and old-style appearance. The NorVa features top-notch acoustics,[2] acoustics provided by a state-of-the-art V-DOSC soundsystem and engineered acoustical padding throughout the walls. The NorVa's stage area also features extensive utilities and lighting for special effects. Many bands have regarded the NorVa as one of the best venues in the United States, due not only to its high-grade equipment, but also to its many backstage perks, such as a hot tub, rec room, sauna, and indoor basketball court.

In 2002 the Norva hosted the after party for the Larry Holmes-Butterbean fight, promoted by Daryl DeCroix and Frank Azzalina. It was Larry Holmes' last professional fight.

In 2003 the hard rock band Chevelle released a DVD entitled "Live from the NorVa."


  1. The NorVa in Hampton Roads, VA - AOL City Guide
  2. The NorVa in Hampton Roads, VA - AOL City Guide

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