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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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  • At 75, does Casablanca still resonate?

    March 21, 2017

    This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of Casablanca, one of the most celebrated motion pictures of the 20th century.   It’s a film full of excellent performances, great dialogue, and memorable quotes (that are often misquoted).  It also contains exotic locales, intrigue, humor and a few plot points…

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  • MurrayFest, Casablanca & 2001 highlight a rich quarter of Film Events at Byrd Theatre

    March 17, 2017

    RICHMOND, Va., March 16, 2017 –  Three new months of classic programming at The Byrd will introduce new generations to some of cinema’s greatest treasures, as well as some hidden gems. Plus, a new event you’re sure to plan Mother’s Day Weekend around. The Byrd Theatre announces its Spring repertory lineup…

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  • Shane and Pale Rider

    March 13, 2017

    The Western has always been a means for Americans to see morality played out on the screen—good versus evil, the downtrodden saved by a person who nobly sacrifices in order to make sure that justice is done. Shane and Pale Rider, two movies separated by 32 years and a revolution…

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  • The Western Is Dying

    March 1, 2017

    Again. For yet another year, superheroes have dominated the hearts and minds of audiences around the world. And while some superhero flicks invoke the spirit of the Western (think Chris Pratt’s turn as a rogue space cowboy in Guardians of the Galaxy), the Western in its traditional form has largely…

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  • February: Love Thy Neighbor

    February 10, 2017

    FEBRUARY’S BIG SCREEN CLASSICS Anchored by the theme “Love thy Neighbor”, this month’s Big Screen Classics explore the difficult subjects of prejudice and intolerance, and highlight the importance of seeing beyond preconceptions. In fact, the Library of Congress deemed several of the movies in this month’s collection “culturally significant” for…

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  • MLK Weekend: A Reflection on Race through Film

    January 12, 2017

    In 2017, the Byrd Theatre will begin celebrating many holidays through film. None may incite more emotion and reflection this year than Martin Luther King Day. We tribute Dr. King’s legacy, and what he stood for, through four varied perspectives on race told through film. Sunday, January 15th: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?,…

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