Quoit Club | Byrd TheatreThursday, April 16, 5:30- 7:30 pm Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street *Please note the time for this event does not follow typical format.
Mix and mingle with great people, enjoy fantastic food and drink and absorb fascinating expert commentary on Richmond history, architecture and culture. Part Happy Hour and part field trip, there’s nothing quite like a Quoit Club event.
The Byrd Theatre is an outstanding example of the grand movie palaces constructed in Richmond and around the country during the early 20th century. When it opened on Christmas Eve in 1928, the theatre was comparable to the famed Paramount and Roxy theatres in New York City. Unlike many opulent theatres that were built during the 1920s and 1930s in the United States, the Byrd Theatre has survived the past 80 years largely unaltered in appearance or function, operating almost continuously since 1928 as a movie theater.
The theatre was designed in the Renaissance Revival style by Richmond architect Fred Bishop and built by Walter Coulter and Charles Somma in 1928. The Brouet Studios of New York did the interior decoration and artwork. The interior is adorned with paintings, marbled walls, gold leaf arches, a richly appointed mezzanine and some of the original patterned mohair-covered seats. An 18-foot, two-and-a-half ton Czechoslovakian crystal chandelier suspended over the auditorium contains over 5,000 crystals.
Event is free for Quoit Club members.
Single Event Tickets: $20 at the door.