When you’re visiting a city for the first time it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the grand attractions the city tourism board might be pushing at you. In Richmond, for example, you might read about Belle Isle or the James River, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VCU, the bars in Shockoe Bottom or the shops in Carytown. However, all too often a few gems will end up falling through the cracks. These gems that I speak of, are the places that only locals know about.
One of my most cherished haunts is the Byrd Theater. “The Byrd” as it is called, is a national landmark- a grand movie palace that was built in the late 1920s. Since first opening in 1928, the theater has remained largely unaltered. It’s opulent, velvet draped walls and soaring vaulted ceilings transport visitors back into time. The theater offers second-run movies for $1.99. And just as in the early days of the Byrd, you can catch a Saturday night performance of the “Mighty Wurlitzer” Organ prior to the movie.
It’s a sight to be seen and truly one not to miss on your next visit to Richmond. To learn more information about the theater or to look up movie times, visit: http://byrdtheatre.com/