Richmond Theatres Old and New!

February is my favorite month of the year and this year it is even more special because of the new theater openings in Richmond, Virginia.

The Robinson Theater in Church Hill has been renovated and will have its’ grand opening February 21st. The Robinson, named after Richmond native, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson will be a community resource center with classes and performances.

MovieLand on the Boulevard built by the father & son duo, Bowtie Cinemas, has created quite a stir in Richmond and is set to open for business on Friday, February 27th. Be There! Various neighborhood blogs have been reporting on Movieland almost weekly.

In other movie news:

Don’t forget the Academy Awards which will air live on February 22nd!

The Byrd Theatre now owned by the non-profit, The Byrd Theatre Foundation, has a new website. You can check it out for times and events at Richmond’s Landmark movie Palace. Continuously in operation since 1928!

At a great theater site, Cinema Treasures, you can search for photos and information on old and current movie theaters. If you search by zip code, 23220 within 10 miles, and you will see just about every theater that has ever been in Richmond. You do have to create an account to post a comment.


One Response to “Richmond Theatres Old and New!”

  1. Elizabeth Says:

    Long live the Byrd! My clearest memories of the Byrd are when I first moved to Richmond from DC to complete my undergrad degree. I discovered the Byrd while biking around Carytown one day. Went there each night that week and then, that first Friday, the jewel unfolded. Before the show, the lights dimmed and organ music seemed to appear out of nowhere. Until, that is, the Mighty Wurlitzer slowly ascended, some Phoenix reborn from another life.
    I went to the Byrd almost everyday, as I didn’t know a soul in Richmond. I remember feeling like I’d stumbled across this magnificent timepiece, like Richmond, so different from DC. Back then it was a repertory theater, meaning it only showed old films, almost entirely black and white. My life consisted of studying and watching old movies hunched low in the grand Byrd. I saw the Third Man there for the first time, and to this day, after countless viewings, it remains one of my favorites, perhaps because of the Byrd. Long live the Byrd!

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