After our loyal Lucy passed away in December, we took a little break to grieve before adopting a new dog. Last week, we ventured to the SPCA and came away with Roscoe! Roscoe, who strongly resembles Lucy, is between five and seven years old. He is well behaved and mild mannered. His entire body moves when he wags his tail--which he does most of the time he is awake! Welcome, Roscoe!
Richmond has served as the filming location for many movies and television shows. Perhaps the most prominent movie almost entirely filmed in the Richmond area is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," which was nominated for several Academy Awards in 2012.
Other well known movies filmed in Richmond include "The Last Detail" (1973), "My Dinner With Andre" (1981), "Doc Hollywood" (1991), "True Colors" (1991), "Dave" (1993), "G.I. Jane" (1997), "The Jackal" (1997), "The Contender" (2000), "Hannibal (2001), "Cold Mountain" (2003), "Iron Jawed Angels" (2004), and "Evan Almighty" (2007). Now casting in Richmond and scouting locations is the Tom Hanks produced movie, "Ithaca," which will be directed by Tom Hanks' former co-star, Meg Ryan.
Prominent television programs filmed in Richmond include the mini-series "John Adams" (2008), "Killing Kennedy" (2013), and the AMC Revolutionary War spy drama "Turn," which is currently in production.
Richmond seems to have more than its share of opportunities to see fireworks this 4th of July. On Thursday, July 3, RVA Fireworks on the James draws thousands to Brown's Island for free fireworks and family friendly performances. There will be food vendors, but you can bring your own picnic to see the 360 degree views of the fireworks display designed and fired by Fireworks by Grucci. Other viewing sites include Oregon Hill, Manchester, and Chimborazo Park. Bring a blanket and chairs to watch the display. Entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks starting around 9:15. Rain date is July 5.
Dogwood Dell's annual Independence Day Celebration occurs on Friday, July 4, and begins with the oldies vocal group Bak N Da Day at 5:15 p.m., followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 6:30, a concert on the Carillon bells at 7, and patriotic and pop music performed by The Richmond Concert Band at 7:30. Fireworks, designed by Pyrotecnico, start at about 9:30.
Fireworks watch parties are also occurring at local breweries. They break down into two categories: one on July 3 for RVA Fireworks on the James and the other on July 4 for the fireworks at the Diamond. Head to breweries near the river--Blue Bee Cider, Legend, and Triple Crossing--to see the fireworks on July 3. On July 4, Hardywood offers its "Brewdependence Day" watch party opening at 3 p.m. with special music and food trucks. Stick around to watch the fireworks after the Squirrels game at the Diamond at Isley Brewing Company and Ardent Craft Ales.
The Richmond tradition of Fireworks at the Diamond continues this year on Friday and Saturday nights. Richmond's Flying Squirrels take on the Reading Fighting Phils this weekend, and a fireworks extravaganza will follow the games on both nights. The first game of Friday's double header starts at 5:05 p.m., and fireworks will go off at the conclusion of the second game. Saturday's game starts at 6:05 p.m. with fireworks following. Tickets to the game are $7 to $11.
Maury Place at Monument will be surrounded by fireworks this 4th of July! Happy Independence Day to all!
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!