The Byrd Theatre Foundation and presenting sponsor Center of the Universe Brewing Company has announced the return of the fourth annual Big LeBYRDski Festival November on November 2nd and 3rd.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the classic Coen brothers’ 1998 cult film The Big Lebowski starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and Julianne Moore, the annual fundraiser has expanded beyond the screening of the movie to include a bowling party, bathrobe bar crawl, and after party.
This year’s elevated Big LeBYRDski Festival features two days of activities celebrating all things “Dude,” the character Jeff Bridges plays in the movie. Festivities start on Friday, November 2nd with a Bowling Party at River City Roll, the new boutique bowling alley off the Boulevard in Scott’s Addition – a significant addition in keeping with one of the movie’s major themes.
The Festival continues on Saturday, November 3rd with a Bathrobe Bar Crawl through Carytown starting at 5 p.m. at Burger Bach, 3426 W. Cary Street.
Next, the 20th Anniversary screening of The Big Lebowski at the Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street, at 8:00 PM.
The evening wraps up with an After Party at Citizen Burger Bar, across from the theater, starting at 10:00 PM and featuring The Big Lebowski cover band The Royal We. Festivalgoers can enjoy COTU’s specially crafted brews El Duderino and Donnie, created in honor of the film.
Teams of six can compete for fun and prizes at the Bowling Party and will receive free tickets to the movie, the Bathrobe Bar Crawl and After Party and will receive free t-shirts and other swag. A Film Festival package includes spectator tickets to the Bowling Party and the other benefits above. Movie-themed costumes are encouraged at all festival events. Prizes will be awarded.
All proceeds support the mission of the Byrd Theatre Foundation – to expand the big screen experience, celebrate the art of cinema, and preserve Virginia’s grand motion picture palace.
A full schedule, festival packages, and tickets are available here.