This dazzling movie palace was built in the early 20th century. Italian marble and elegantly painted murals fill the ... More
Byrd Theater (The)
This dazzling movie palace was built in the early 20th century. Italian marble and elegantly painted murals fill the interior. A balcony and theater boxes overlook the auditorium below and on Saturday evenings, a Wurlitzer organ, which once accompanied silent movies, is played. The audience can sing along; the words are displayed on the screen. The staff dresses in 1920s clothing. Second-run movies are shown here daily. The Byrd also features Saturday midnight movies for really low prices. The Byrd also hosts special movie events like a Halloween screening of Nosferatu with a live band accompanying the silent film.
Everyone in Richmond knows the Byrd. The seats are tightly spaced together (not too comfy) and the floor is often sticky but we still love it. The price is dirt cheap and it's a great theater with vintage style. The chandelier and organist make it all worthwhile.
What's not to like? It is a unique treasure that certainly merits a visit. I have several friends that agree that this is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Take a friend or date on a Saturday night and you'll be in for a pleasant surprise. Yes, the shopping is unique, too, and there are no lids for the drinks and the chairs are a little riquety (but comfortable - they are currently trying to remedy that). If you're a Virginian and haven't been yet, what are you waiting for? Go, and have a(n) (economical) blast!
It has a cool atmosphere, although it's completely different than the big theatres like short pump--but if you like the movie that's play it's great because it's only two dollars!..it's a great place to go when you want to get out but don't want to spend a lot of money!
When I first moved to Richmond a decade ago and discovered the Byrd in all its glory, with its chandelier, Wurlitzer organ, red velvet and jewel-tones everywhere, I was enchanted. And I still am. Every out-of-towner who comes to visit for any length of time gets a trip to the Byrd. I can take the whole family and it doesn't break the bank. And the midnight showings are a real treat! This is what living in a historical city is all about. Support the Byrd, and support historic buildings and culture in our fine town.
The Byrd theater is a MUST SEE in Richmond, along with it's surroundings, the fabulous Carytown. After shopping your high heels flat and taking an ice cream break at Bev's, a 99 cent movie is just the thing to top off a perfect day! Unfortunatly, do to low funding, the cups have no lids and the chairs could use some renovating; but otherwise it's a blast! Where else can you sing christmas carols with Bob the organ player and see Harry Potter after it's left the theaters??
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