We had one of the best movie experiences ever in Portsmouth. They have an old Art Deco theatre downtown (Now a National and State Historic Site). It was fully restored in the 1980s, with the conversion of the main level to a dinner setting. You order from the table, via phone, too cool. The owner at the time of the restoration was a sound engineer who was connected in some way to "Industrial Light and Magic". They built the sound system, so it was outstanding. We saw " The Proposal", but would have liked to see something that would have utilized the sound system (i.e. Mama Mia).
Portsmouth / Norfolk harbor is very industrial / commercial, but has at least three recreational marinas and a small boat anchorage, BUT no marine supply store for miles and miles. The paddle wheel boats are part of the transit system and cross the harbor regularly. The fare is a very modest $1.50 each way. Major dyke construction on the way north.