Ten Bill Murray Films, One Weekend

RICHMOND, Va., April 20, 2017 –  The idea might have you thinking, “You’re on a gravy train with biscuit wheels.”

The Byrd’s continued push to bring exciting new programming to the screen of Virginia’s Motion Picture Palace, introduces a new event next month you can binge watch with Mom. Virginians will flock to the Byrd to celebrate the comic genius (and dramatic talent) that is Bill Murray, through a unique one-weekend homage, titled MurrayFest.

May 12-14, The Byrd will host 10 favorite Bill Murray features over Mother’s Day Weekend. Festival Passes can now be purchased at an advance price of $25 online, cutting the a la carte price in half. Admission to all screenings but one will be $5. Saturday morning will remain at the Family Classic $4 admission.

Visit MurrayFest.us to purchase a $25 Festival Weekend Pass. Price increases after May 5th.

Here’s a look at the full weekend schedule:


7:15p:  Broken Flowers
9:30:  Groundhog Day

10a: Fantastic Mr Fox
2p: Ghostbusters
4:30p: Meatballs
7:15p: Stripes
9:30p: Quick Change
Midnight: Caddyshack

4:30p: Caddyshack (Encore)
7:15p: Lost in Translation
9:30p: Kingpin

Bill’s weekend ties well with May’s classic theme of Comedies, that includes a Gene Wilder retrospective-evening of Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, with cross-genre hilarity from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, to The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, Kill Bill: Vol 1 and This is Spinal Tap.

The full May schedule of events and special programming includes:

MAY (Comedies):
WED 5/3 @ 7:15p:  Blazing Saddles
WED 5/3 @ 9:45:  Young Frankenstein
SAT 5/6 @ 10a:  Fly Away Home
WED 5/10 @ 7:15p:  It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
MAY 12 – 14:  MurrayFest
WED 5/17 @ 7:15p:  His Girl Friday
SAT 5/20 @ 10a:  The Lego Movie
SAT 5/20 @ 2p:  Sensory-Friendly Screening
SAT 5/20 @ Midnight:  Kill Bill: Vol 1 
SUN 5/21 @ 2p:  Breakfast at Tiffany’s 
WED 5/24 @ 7:15p:  This Is Spinal Tap
SAT 5/27 @ 10a:  The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
WED 5/31 @ 7:15p: It Happened One Night

April through June special programming is available to view and download at byrdtheatrefoundation.org, under the “Events” menu.

In 2007, the Byrd Theatre Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed to purchase, preserve, and maintain the historic Byrd Theatre, which opened in 1928. The Foundation is executing a revitalization plan to achieve the vision of elevating the Byrd’s landmark position among American theaters as a center for film that continues to provide the broadest possible public access to exceptional cinematic experiences.

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“Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!”
(from Ghostbusters)

Download Festival Assets here >


Then get in the spirit with the music video “Happy Street”, performed by Paul Schaffer and Bill Murray, featuring cameos of iconic characters from Murray’s films, a good representation of MurrayFest’s 10 features. How many can you spot?