The Byrd Theatre Foundation is currently holding a major fundraising drive in effort to restore the 1928 Byrd Theatre to its former grandeur. The National Historic Landmark has remained largely unaltered since it opened and major renovations are needed to preserve one of the Nation’s finest cinema treasures in order to continue operations for future generations of Richmonders to enjoy.
The Byrd Theatre Foundation estimates approximately $5 million to restore the theatre and complete any necessary enhancements. Many of the restoration needs are invisible while others are painfully obvious (seats, right?). Below is a list of some of the needs and renovations planned for the theatre as funds become available.
- Restore historical marquee and blade sign
- Renovate restrooms
- Exterior restorations
- Update electrical wiring
- Repair ornamental finishes- textile cleaning, paint and plaster conservation
- Update handicapped accessibility
- Carpet replacement
- Box office and concession renovations
- Replacement of the seats
To make a contribution:
FEED the Byrd! Donor contributions are needed to restore Richmond’s most famous icon.
or visit feedthebyrd.org
You may also download a donation form, fill out, and mail it and a check to:Byrd Theatre Foundation,
PO Box 14860,
Richmond VA 23221-4860
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