The Byrd Theatre in Carytown
You’re not a Richmonder if you haven’t see a movie at the Byrd! The year 2008 marks the 80th birthday of the Byrd Theatre, which was built in 1928 in Richmond, Virginia as one of the Nation’s Grand Movie Palaces and today is both a State and National Historic landmark. The 1300-seat Byrd Theatre, named after William Byrd, one of the founders of Richmond, is one of the nation’s finest cinema treasures.
And 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 theatre. The first movie shown at the Byrd on Christmas Eve, 1928, was Waterfront, a silent movie with sound added. This was a comedy with Dorothy MacKaill and Jack Mulhall. Patrons paid 25 cents for a matinee and 50 cents for an evening movie. Today patrons pay $1.99 for a movie.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond
Voted One of the Nation’s Best Gardens the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden ranks among the best botanical gardens in North America and was just voted the fourth “Best Botanical Garden” in the Nation by USA Today. Only 20 of the nation’s best botanical gardens were nominated. See all Top 10 Gardens.
Other recent awards:
• Voted one of the top botanical gardens in the U.S. worth traveling for. (TripAdvisor’s FlipKey site, 2016)
• Voted number two among America’s 10 Best Public Gardens (USA Today; 10Best Public Gardens, 2014)
• Best Botanical Gardens in the U.S. (Travel Channel, 2013)
• Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For (Canadian Garden Tourism Council/BBCTravel, 2013)
• Top 5 Museum in the United States (Institute for Museum and Library Services and White House, 2011)
Hollywood Cemetery near Downtown Richmond
You are not a Richmonder if you haven’t been to Hollywood Cemetery and felt the presence of past presidents like James Monroe, the monument of the Confederate War Dead, and the famous Iron Dog. You must see this amazing site and plot of land along the James River. The maze of endless tombstones all have a story. Visit the Hollywood Cemetery
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the Museum District
The Virginia Museum ranks as one of the top ten comprehensive art museums in the United States. VMFA’s permanent collection encompasses more than 35,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of world history. Its collections of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, English silver, Fabergé, and the art of South Asia are among the finest in the world. Visiting the museum is a classic Richmond weekend activity with friends and family. It is open 365 days a year and general admission is free.
Click here to see upcoming exhibits at the VFMA.
Belle Isle Park