Byrd Theatre to get new seating

Byrd Theatre to get new seating

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Byrd Theatre will soon be getting some major upgrades.

If you have been there the last couple weeks, you may have noticed that some seats are missing.

On July 21, the seats in the center will be taken out, so the balcony will be opened.

The process of getting everything replaced will take about 12 weeks, which means the new seats should be installed the first week of September.

"The arms are going to be further apart. The seats are wider than the ones we have now, and the rows are going to be spaced further apart.  You're going to have all this room that has not been here," said Todd Schall-Vess, general manager of the Byrd Theatre. "There will be a cupholder at the end of the arms, so there will be a convenient place for your cool frosty beverage that you buy at our concession stand."

They are also adding a back row for people with disabilities, and making the bathroom ADA compliant.

The theatre will be open during construction for Harry Potter and Quentin Tarantino marathons.

On July 25, there will be a Roaring Twenties Gala to raise money for the theatre, with a five-course dinner by the Underground Kitchen and silent movies.

They expect the seat installation to be complete in September, and they want to thank all the donors and patrons for making the new seats possible.

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