Byrd Theatre News

  • Kickin’ @$$ & Drinkin’ Beer: A Dazed & Confused Retrospective

    May 27, 2017

    Filmmaking wunderkind and Texas native Richard Linklater has always applied an anthropological eye in the way he crafts his films; from his second film, the seminal coming of age flick Slackers to his Oscar winning 12-years-in-the-making masterpiece Boyhood, Linklater entrenches his films in their place on the cultural timeline and…

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  • Sullivan’s Travels: Road Tripping at The Byrd

    May 25, 2017

    Along with Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and the Village People’s “YMCA,” Jack Kerouac’s 1959 novel On the Road must be one of the most misunderstood works of American literature. The novel’s protagonists, Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty (fictionalized versions of Kerouac and his friend Neal Cassady) crisscross the…

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  • Director/Animator Dash Shaw escorts High School Sinking back to hometown RVA

    May 23, 2017

    From Richmond Native and acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button; New School) comes an audacious debut that is equal parts disaster cinema, high school comedy and blockbuster satire, told through a dream-like mixed media animation style that incorporates drawings, paintings and collage. Andrew Lapin of NPR writes, “You are…

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  • MurrayFest Merch

    May 12, 2017

    If you’d like to take a piece of MurrayFest home with you, we’re offering some official tshirts for sale ONLINE ONLY. Powered by Bonfire Funds. You may place an order online now, during our MurrayFest campaign run. The campaign will run for 12 days. Three Designs available for a limited…

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  • What about What About Bob?

    May 12, 2017

    As we embark on our weekend celebrating the rare comic genius (and dramatic talent) that is Bill Murray, it seems fitting to also address the elephant(s) in the room. Bob Wiley, Herman Blume, Steve Zissou, and Raleigh St. Clair to name a few. Some of Murray’s more notable works are missing from this…

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  • His Girl Friday: A Traditional Love Story…?

    May 10, 2017

    On Wednesday May 17, the Byrd Theater will feature a screening of His Girl Friday, which stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. It’s considered one of the greatest screwball comedy films. It’s somewhat difficult to describe what makes a film a “screwball comedy” and it’s a genre that’s difficult to…

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  • Gene Wilder: An Appreciation

    April 29, 2017

    Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 11th, 1933.  He grew up to be one of the best comedic actors ever – up there with the likes of Charlie Chaplin.  In the course of his distinguished career, Wilder collaborated with comedy luminaries like Mel Brooks and…

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  • Bill Murray: The Man, the Myth, the Legend

    April 27, 2017

    The Byrd Theatre will be hosting a 3-day MurrayFest this Mother’s Day Weekend, celebrating the works of Bill Murray–one of this generation’s most prolific comedians. (After all, what better way to say, “Thanks, Mom” than with wall-to-wall goofball laughs?) I can still remember when Bill Murray came on my radar—I…

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  • Ten Bill Murray Films, One Weekend

    April 20, 2017

    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…

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  • Groundhog Day: The Day of Your Life, Over & Over Again

    April 14, 2017

    Premiered February 12, 1993. “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” -Phil Connors Local TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is assigned to travel to Punxutawney, PA to cover the annual Groundhog Day event.…

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