The State of The Byrd

Dear Friends, If time travel was possible outside of the movies, and we could bring the Richmonders who watched the first “talkies” to the present-day Byrd Theatre, I’m sure they would be thrilled to discover that the Byrd is stronger than ever — ready for another 90 years. The Byrd is beloved in a way…

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An Update to Seat Restoration at the Byrd

Seating Restoration at the Byrd Theatre in 2017 The Byrd is executing the first phase of a multi-pronged interior rehabilitation of the facility designed to increase patron comfort and accessibility.  Theaters in the 1920s were designed to maximize seating to meet tremendous demand. Our seats are the original ones and are extremely cramped. As our…

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Strategic Plan

BACKGROUND In August of 2014, the Byrd Theatre Foundation Board of Directors began a quest to redefine the future of the Byrd Theatre. A Strategic Planning subcommittee was drafted. Floricane, a Richmond leader in organizational strategy, was engaged to facilitate the planning process. Community input among donors, patrons and leaders was sought out across varied overlapping industries and verticals. In late May, the…

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Brounet's Murals

We have been busy this summer inspecting every inch of the theater, getting ready for the coming restoration. One of the most amazing things about the Byrd remains its priceless set of eleven hand-painted oil murals. We have never paid too much attention to them before, but now, due to some careful research, we can…

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