The NorVa is a performing theatre located in Norfolk, Virginia. 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 Wireless Pavilion and have ties to the development of Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach.
The NorVa consists of a main dance floor and a wraparound balcony. There is special seating and a secluded lounge for those with a house VIP membership. While the dance floor is usually standing room only, there are tables on the second floor. Both floors have sizable bars with the option for an additional mini bar added on the dance floor.
The venue offers a designated area for handicapped patrons. Smoking inside is not allowed in Virginia but there is a huge smoking courtyard accessible from inside the venue that also has a Tiki bar open when the weather warrants it. The Rock Shop is an isolated bar area near the front doors where patrons can step away from the concert without leaving the building. The venue is fairly open with a good view up to the five-foot-high stage, something normally reserved for much larger venues. There are also several TVs in the bar areas broadcasting a view of the stage.
The NorVa has earned a reputation for taking good care of its artists. The venue's backstage experience consists of In-house Catering, Dining Room lined with autographed drum heads and other memorabilia, Laundry Facilities, Recreation Room, Pool Table, Foosball, Ping Pong, Production Office, Multiple Dressing Rooms, Big Screen TVs, Leather Couches, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Indoor Basketball Court, and Massage Therapist available upon request.
The NorVa faces MacArthur Center's north parking garage. Limited street parking is also available. Hampton Roads Transit's The Tide light rail's Monticello station is located less than a block away.
Early Entry Program:
The venue is supported by The FM Restaurant located at 320 Granby Street. NorVa patrons can enter through the restaurant 15 minutes prior to the front doors.