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The Byrd Theater, located in the Carytown area of Richmond, Virginia, was built in 1928. Opened on December 24th, 1928, the theater was named after the founder of Richmond, William Byrd II. The Byrd Theater was the first theater in Virginia to be equipped with a sound system, and is considered one of the Nation’s Grand Movie Palaces. The first manager of the Byrd Theater was Robert Coulter, who managed the theater until 1971.


In 1979, the theater was recognized in the National Register of Historic Places, and designated as a state landmark in 1978. In 2007, the Byrd Theater was purchased by The Byrd Theatre Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation, with the express purpose of restoring and preserving this theatre as a vital community resource. Today, the Byrd Theater is open 365 days a year, showing movies for a mere $1.99. You can read more about the Byrd Theater by visiting their website.

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