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Byrd Theatre Foundation cans plans for seats from Cannes

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Moviegoers at Richmond's historic Byrd Theatre will have to endure the theater's aging seats for some time longer, as the Byrd Theatre Foundation announced Thursday that it would turn down the offer for donated seats from one of the theaters used during the yearly international film festival held in Cannes, France.

"We remain unbelievably humbled at this grand gesture," said foundation president Melissa Savenko. "Ultimately, our decision was based on the significant out-of-pocket expense to the foundation," in addition to the potential impact on historic tax credits critical to restoring the theater, she said.

The seats were to be taken from the Grand Théâtre Lumière in Cannes, and the international deal had been brokered by Pierre-William Glenn, president of the Commission Supérieure Technique de l'Image et du Son, and VCU's French Film Festival founders Dr. Peter Kirkpatrick and his wife, Françoise.

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