Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Richmond is a Movie Theater Town!

      As most everyone knows, I am a huge movie fan, and I enjoy going to all of the many movie theaters here in Richmond. The closest movie theater to Maury Place is the Byrd Theater in Carytown, which opened its doors on December 24, 1928, and was Virginia's first movie theater equipped with a sound system! In 1978, the theater was designated a Virginia Historic Landmark, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The theater's Mighty Wurlitzer organ was installed when the theater was built to accompany silent movies. Current organist Bob Gulledge plays the organ every Saturday night before the evening shows. The Byrd shows second run movies for only $1.99!
     The Westhampton Theater on Grove Avenue is just a short drive from Maury Place. It opened in March 1938 as a single screen movie theater with a balcony. In the 1980's, the balcony was converted into a second screen. Today, the Westhampton shows primarily independent releases and foreign films. It is located in a charming shopping area on Grove Avenue referred to as "The Avenues."
     The Carpenter Theater at Richmond Center Stage on historic Grace Street was originally a Loew's Theater movie palace. The theater was built in 1927 and designed by architect John Eberson. It opened in 1928 and today is a venue for live stage performances.

     The Hippodrome Theater on Second Street in historic Jackson Ward opened in 1914 as a vaudeville and movie theater. In the 1930's and 40's , "the Hipp" was the place to see legendary performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong--and later, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Nat King Cole. The theater has been fully restored and reopened in 2011 as an entertainment venue.

    Perhaps the newest movie theater closest to Maury Place is Movieland at Boulevard Square. Movieland is a 17-stadium movie theater located near the Diamond on the Boulevard. The building was originally a locomotive assembly plant before Bow Tie Cinemas renovated the building and opened it in early 2009.  So buy some popcorn and enjoy a movie at one of Richmond's landmark movie theaters!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument