Commonwealth Architects worked with the Byrd Theatre Foundation to develop schematic design plans for the partial rehabilitation of the building. Among the improvements are enhancing the accessibility of the theatre, updating the bathrooms, replacing the seats, and installing a new marquee similar to the original. In addition, Commonwealth Architects is also assisting the client as it secures historic investment tax credits for its rehabilitation work.
One of Richmond’s most popular landmarks, the Byrd Theatre opened its doors in 1928 and has served generations of movie-going Richmonders ever since. Located in Carytown, the theatre contains orchestra seating for 916 and balcony seating for 476. The Byrd is one of the few “movie palaces” that began popping up across America during the early 19th century that remains in constant operation as a movie theatre.