Saturday, April 01, 2006

The Byrd Theatre

Richmond is home to the VCU French Film Festival, the biggest film French film festival in the United States. It's held every year at the Byrd Theatre, a Richmond Landmark in and of itself. The theatre is well known for it's extravagent decor and was built in 1928. It's never been remodeled and the original pipe organ still rises up out of the floor and is played every Saturday night.

There are a total of eleven chandeliers, this being the main one. It is over eighteen feet tall and weighs two and a half tons. It was lowered most recently in 1997 to be cleaned and relamped and the Byrd Theatre website has some really interesting photos of the process.

This is another desktop calendar page. If you click the image the resolution should be right to use as your desktop background! I have a few pictures of the rest of the building as well that I'll post sometime soon.

Posted by mea at 9:08 AM


  1. Blogger Nicola posted at 10:27 AM  
    Cool! Thanks for another calendar page! This looks magnificent!
  2. Blogger luminlight posted at 10:50 AM  
    I like the simple composition!
  3. Blogger Lisi posted at 12:52 PM  
    Beautiful, Mea, I like chandeliers, I have a whole collection of chandelier photos taken over years of travel, specially in Europe...this is a great shot!
  4. Blogger Elisabeth posted at 2:08 PM  
    Great pic, Mea. The VCU French Film Festival was mentioned to me for the first time last year, by one of my ex-students (she graduated in December 05) who is from Richmond. She told me that the festival is really great fun. I took a look at the program, and you should not miss "Ça commence aujourd'hui," if you have not seen it yet. I was not overly fond of "De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté." There's a lot of really interesting North American premieres! God, and discussions with directors like the great Bertrand Tavernier? Wow!

    Do you get to see a lot of those films?
  5. Blogger mea posted at 3:53 PM  
    Lisi- I was sitting in the very first row of the balcony waiting for another film to start, so I had a lot of fun playing around with the shots.

    Elisabeth- My husband and I have been to 4 films as of now. We both loved Ça commence aujourd'hui, but we are also both teachers. We also saw Genesis, Anthony Zimmer,and Imposture. We'll be attending the reception this evening to rub shoulders with some great actors and directors and then back tomorrow for Narco.

    It was really interesting to hear Tavernier talk about his films. They actually renamed the school in Ça commence after him! We usually have Annie & Claude Miller as well, and last year we even had Thierry Lhermitte.

    We only live three blocks from the theatre, so it's great to just walk over! I'm sure you'd really enjoy the experience, and we're not that far from PA...
  6. Blogger Rob posted at 12:27 PM  
    Great shot
  7. Blogger EPLUIM posted at 5:22 PM  
    Feel better!!
  8. Blogger Neil posted at 1:28 AM  
    That theater looks amazing. It's so sad that so many of the great movie palaces of the past have been torn down. There is definitely no glamour seeing a movie at the multi-plex at the shopping mall.
  9. Blogger Kris posted at 4:24 AM  
    elegant shot !
  10. Blogger Miss Scarlet posted at 10:48 AM  
    Ha, I lived in RVA for almost two years and never went to the Byrd. Ooops! Great shots though:)

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