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Byrd Theatre raising ticket prices in 2017, plans to install new seats

Ticket prices will rise to $4 to cover the cost of major renovations and the installation of new seats in the historic movie palace.

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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.

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Trevor Dickerson is the co-founder and editor of RVAhub.com, lover of all things Richmond, and a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

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Enjoy free admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden through January 19th

Explore the January blooms – both indoors and out – at Lewis Ginter for free until January 19th.

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There is plenty to see at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in January, as the warm and cozy conservatory beckons with aromatic orchids, passion flowers, and other tropical plants. Outdoor blooms are even more treasured because they are unexpected.

Garden admission is free through January 19th, from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The Garden Café and Robins Tea House are closed during this time, but the rest of the property remains open.

See Lewis Ginter’s January blooms page for other highlights of winter interest and blooms.

See the Lewis Ginter website for more information.

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Tickets on sale today to VMFA’s “Hopper Hotel Experience,” allowing guests to stay at museum overnight

As part of the exhibition Edward Hopper and the American Hotel, opening Oct. 26, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will recreate Western Motel—one of Edward Hopper’s best-known paintings—as a three-dimensional motel space. The “Hopper Hotel Experience” affords visitors the opportunity to book a night in this room-size replica of Western Motel.

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A first-ever chance to stay overnight at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts goes on sale today.

As part of the exhibition, Edward Hopper and the American Hotel, opening Oct. 26, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will recreate Western Motel—one of Edward Hopper’s best-known paintings—as a three-dimensional motel space. The “Hopper Hotel Experience” affords visitors the opportunity to book a night in this room-size replica of Western Motel.

The room is located near the painting that inspired its creation, along with other works by one of America’s most celebrated artists. Some of the “Hopper Hotel Experience” packages include dinner at VMFA’s fine dining restaurant, Amuse; a guided tour led by the curator; an exhibition catalog; and miniature golf at the newly opened Hotel Greene among other features. This is the first time that VMFA has recreated a work of art as a three-dimensional space and made it available to stay in overnight.

Tickets will be on sale starting today, September 11th, at 10:00 AM. Visit vmfa.museum/hopper-hotel-experience for additional details and reservations.

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Henrico Extension Bug Bizarre to be held September 14th in Deep Run Recreation Center

The Henrico Extension Bug Bizarre, a free community festival celebrating the joy and excitement of entomology, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 in the Deep Run Recreation Center, 9900 Ridgefield Parkway.

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Deep Run Park will soon be filled with all sorts of pests. But it’s not an infestation – it’s a festival.

The Henrico Extension Bug Bizarre, a free community festival celebrating the joy and excitement of entomology, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 in the Deep Run Recreation Center, 9900 Ridgefield Parkway.

The event is open to the public and will feature live insect displays and children’s activities. Exhibits will show tobacco hornworms in all stages of life as well as parasitic wasps, several species of roaches, bees, beetles, house spiders, and other insects from the Kester Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University. They also will feature a honey-making beehive and a butterfly station, with live caterpillars and native butterflies.

In addition, Madagascar hissing cockroaches will be on display and will participate in “Roach Races.” The Virginia Department of Forestry will provide information on urban forest pests, including the emerald ash borer, which was recently confirmed to be in Henrico County.

The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will distribute seeds to grow milkweed, which can help attract monarch butterflies.

The Bug Bizarre will be hosted by the Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Henrico Extension Master Gardeners and other community partners.

For more information, call (804) 501-5160 or go to henrico.us/extension.

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