To expand the big screen experience, celebrate the art of cinema and preserve Virginia’s grand motion picture palace.
To elevate the Byrd’s landmark position among American theaters as a center for film that continues to provide the broadest possible public access to exceptional cinematic experiences.
In 2007, the roof was in dire despair and the theatre was near being sold to the City for more Carytown parking. The Byrd Theatre Foundation entered into an agreement to purchase the building, replace the roof and keep the door open. In the years since, the foundation replaced the boiler, HVAC systems and assisted the theatre’s transition to digital projection, including upgrades to our server and purchasing a new digital 4K projector. This was all accomplished through outside fundraising and without raising ticket prices.
It is the goal of the Foundation to preserve movie-going as the big motion picture event it was in 1928 and maintain accessibility of the theatre as a community institution that engages and promotes the art of film.
Currently the foundation is working on a capital campaign to proactively fundraise toward full restoration, while expanding film-literacy programming and extending community partnerships.
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