The Byrd Theatre, Carytown’s historic movie palace, is raising prices on movie sales after more than 20 years, the theatre announced last night at a press event. The $1.99 price for second run movies is increasing to $4; special movie events will run $5.
The new pricing accounts for a $1 facility fee that will go towards the replacement of the theatre’s cramped and sometimes uncomfortable seating (as well as the addition of ADA-compliant wheelchair platforms), restoration of the front marquee and addition of a blade sign, renovation of restrooms, exterior improvements, replacement of carpet and electrical wiring, box office upgrades, and more. Renovations are scheduled to start in the second half of 2017.
While prices have inched up, the Byrd is still a bargain as other theaters in the area charge $10-$12 for first run movies.
The theatre is also accepting credit cards for the first time, with an upgraded point of sale system at the box office and concession areas.
Read more on the announcement from RVAMag here, and stay tuned as more announcements are made regarding the future of The Byrd.
Kings Dominion Announces Plan to Hire 2,100 Associates for 2021 Season
Kings Dominion to host virtual National Hiring Day on March 13 for wide variety of jobs.
Kings Dominion released the following statement on Monday.
Kings Dominion, the region’s premier amusement park, today announced plans to hire approximately 2,100 associates for the 2021 season. As part of its ramp-up to reopening, Kings Dominion will be hosting a virtual National Hiring Day event on Saturday, March 13, 2021. Candidates can register online at https://bit.ly/2YXOGJF.
Job opportunities are available in all park operating areas, including Rides, Merchandise, Lifeguards, Park Services, Food and Beverage, Guest Services and more. The virtual hiring day will offer information about available jobs and individual interviews with hiring teams. The park is also offering contact-free onboarding and virtual orientation to help hires prepare to start work.
“We are so excited to start welcoming back associates and guests to the park. As our community looks to return to work or pick up shifts this summer, our virtual hiring day offers a safe and informative way to connect with our hiring teams now,” said Bridgette Bywater, Kings Dominion vice president and general manager. “Like many associates, my career started as a seasonal ride operator and helped pave the way for future career opportunities. Seasonal jobs at Kings Dominion can provide valuable skills, experiences, memories and friends that can last a lifetime.”
Additionally, Kings Dominion is hiring 80 full-time, year-round positions in the operations and food & beverage departments. Interested applicants can find more information at kingsdominion.jobs.
Kings Dominion offers flexible schedules and many perks for its associates, including discounts, reward and recognition programs, exclusive events and free admission to any Cedar Fair park.
Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. Cedar Fair anticipates hiring approximately 45,000 seasonal associates across its U.S. parks during 2021.
All Aboard, the Train Tradition Returns to Science Museum of Virginia
The three-day event features six different train displays with various scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities.
It wouldn’t be the weekend after Thanksgiving in Richmond without train-themed fun at the Science Museum of Virginia’s Model Railroad Show, presented by Dominion Energy. While the event will look different this year due to capacity limitations, the Museum is excited to host the model train club displays for the 43rd year November 27 through 29.
The three-day event features six different train displays with various scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities. Created by HO, O and N-scale model train enthusiasts from across Virginia, guests will also enjoy seeing the classic scenes in the displays of clubs that have participated in previous Model Railroad Shows for decades.
“The Model Railroad Show is a nearly half century Virginia holiday tradition,” said Chief Wonder Officer Richard Conti. “It was important to us to keep the tradition going, but to do so in the safest manner possible. Every change we’ve made to this year’s event is designed to help manage guest flow to create a safe and enjoyable event for families to create lasting memories.”
One of the most important changes for this year’s event is that all guests – including Museum members – must purchase tickets in advance through the website or by calling guest services. No walk-up tickets will be sold at the Museum. Tickets go on sale on the Museum’s website today, Nov. 10.
To manage the flow of guests, the Museum is offering timed entry both to the Museum and to the Model Railroad Show with a limited number of tickets available in each timeslot. When purchasing a ticket, guests will select their Museum entry time. Entry to the Model Railroad Show, held in the Dewey Gottwald Center, will be 30 minutes after guests arrive at the Museum.
The Museum will offer member-only hours each day from 8 – 9:15 a.m.; general public entry times will begin at 9:30 a.m. daily. The last ticket time slot will be 3:45 p.m. each day to allow guests time to experience the Model Railroad Show before the Museum closes at 5 p.m.
The Museum has adjusted operating procedures, including requiring masks, so guests are encouraged to review the reopening policies on the Museum’s website at www.smv.org/welcome before their visit. There is no reentry to the space housing the Model Railroad Show and/or the Museum all three days of the event.
While at the Museum during Model Railroad Show weekend, guests can take in free planetarium shows offered in the Dome at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day. Guests can also help with a collaborative railroad scene and make a conductor hat in The Forge. Museum educators will offer steam engine demos in various places around the building, and this year’s event also includes a display of historical Broad Street Station items from the Museum’s collection. In addition to the themed activities, the Museum’s “Speed,” “Boost!” and “Giant Insects” exhibits will all be open for guests to explore.
The Museum is grateful for Dominion Energy’s continued support of the Model Railroad Show as they return as presenting sponsor for the third year.
“We are especially pleased to sponsor this event again this year,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. “The expansive display of model trains will bring some much-needed joy and fun to our community as 2020 comes to a close.”
Model Railroad Show activities are free with Museum admission. Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders. Qualifying guests should call 804.864.1400 for details about reserving those tickets with the discount code.
Planetarium shows in the Dome are free of charge all weekend, and seating is first come, first served. Each showing is limited to 50 people, and there is no food or drink allowed in the Dome. The Museum’s gift shop will be open each day of the show, but the café and concessions will be closed.
American Girl Doll and Richmond EMT to serve as grand marshal of Dominion Energy Christmas Parade
Like most other Richmond traditions, the event will be virtual this year.
April O’Quinn, Richmond native and Richmond Ambulance Authority EMT turned American Girl Doll, will serve as the official Grand Marshal for the 37th Annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade. The Christmas Parade will be a televised-only event exclusively on WTVR CBS6 on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon and rebroadcast on Christmas Day.
“April O’Quinn has such an inspiring story and embodies what it means to be a true hero as a frontline worker,” said Parade Director Beth Karrer. “We are so grateful to April and all of the Richmond Ambulance Authority crew for their work in the Richmond community.”
April O’Quinn was one of five national winners of the American Girl “Heroes With Heart” contest earlier this year. The company, which makes the popular American Girl Dolls, held the contest to honor frontline workers during the time of COVID-19.
Lacey O’Quinn, of Texas, nominated her aunt, telling American Girl about April’s fearless willingness to put her health on the line to serve others. April contracted COVID-19 back in March and had to take more than a month off from work. As a grand prize, the winners have since received a custom doll made in their likeness, with a spotlight feature on the American Girl website and an American Girl gift card.
“We at the Richmond Ambulance Authority are so excited for April and her niece Lacey. We’re thankful American Girl held a contest to recognize our frontline heroes and are thrilled to have one of our employees represent EMS,” said RAA CEO Chip Decker.
The Christmas Parade broadcast will include all-new performances from favorite local and regional entertainment groups, community stories, and a special competition showcasing homemade float entries. The broadcast will also feature “best of” clips from over the years including floats, balloons, and marching bands. Photos of the Christmas Parade and can be found here.
As a way to give families and kids an opportunity to actively participate in this year’s online experience, the Christmas Parade is excited to kick off its first-ever Chick-fil-A Family Float Building Contest! Kids of all ages are encouraged to build a miniature float and enter the contest for a chance to to be featured in the Christmas Parade Special and win prizes, thanks to Chick-fil-A Willow Lawn. For float guidelines and submission details, click here.