The Byrd to play "Rock ‘n’ roll Hotel!" to raise money

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There's a lot of buzz going around in Richmond, especially in Carytown, about a particular movie showing just once at the Byrd Theatre.

It could save the theatre from closing down.

The movie, "Rock 'n' roll Hotel!" is a teen horror musical that was filmed in Richmond back in the early 80's.

A movie production company started filming at the prestigious Jefferson Hotel in 1982. Most of the extras in the film were then VCU students who were excited to make their movie debut banking $30 bucks a day and a boxed meal.

But shortly after filming, the crew picked up and left, never to be heard from again. The movie never made it to theatres.

That's about to change.

In 1983, Style Weekly writer Dale Brumfield came across strips of 33 millimeter film in a pile of trash outside the Jefferson.

"Not thinking much of it, I took those strips of film home put them in a drawer, forgot about them for 27 years," Brumfield said.

Since last summer, Brumfield has been working to bring the movie back. It will premier at the Byrd Theatre in a fundraiser to help keep the theatre open.

"When we heard the Byrd Theater had experienced money problems we thought what a great way to bring the film back, let people see it raise money for the Byrd all at the same time," he said.

Volunteers expect up to 600 people will attend the movie.

Volunteer Chad Brown said everyone in Richmond loves the Byrd.

"Everyone wants to do something to help and support," Brown said.

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