Last Saturday Doug and I went with some friends to a Richmond institution--the Byrd Theatre. It was a movie theater built in 1928 that is unlike any other. It has chandeliers, a balcony, and murals galore. There are two enclaves on either side of the front stage--one has a baby grand piano and the other a harp. Before Saturday night shows (such as ours), an organist raises up through the stage and plays a pre-show show. It's pretty freaking sweet.
Apparently they haven't really ever remodeled it, so it looks pretty much the same as it did when it was first built. It only plays second run movies (like unto a dollar theater) and admission is just $1.99. So despite the popcorn-covered floors and torn seats, we decided there's no more charming place to enjoy an organist and "Iron Man" all in one sitting.
Well done, Richmond.