Seats at the Byrd Theatre will be retrofitted with 2,200 seats from the Grand Theatre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals, the premier venue at the Cannes Film Festival. (Credit: Byrd Theatre Foundation)
RICHMOND (WRIC) - The historic Byrd Theatre is about to get a bit more historic - and comfortable.
Peter Kirkpatrick and Françoise Ravaux-Kirkpatrick, founders and directors of the French Film Festival announced Tuesday of plans to retrofit the seats at the Byrd Theatre with 2,200 seats from the Grand Theatre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals, the premier venue at the Cannes Film Festival.
"The very seats that have cradled the most famous actors and directors from around the world will be coming to Richmond," Peter Kirkpatrick said in a statement. "We are humbled, yet very excited, that our French friends are making such an impactful gift to the Byrd Theatre and the Richmond community."
"We are grateful to the Kirkpatricks and all those who have supported the French Film Festival the past 21 years," adds Byrd Theatre General Manager Todd Schall-Vess. "This is a major step in our accomplishing our vision of renovating the Byrd Theatre."
At the end of this year's Cannes Film Festival on May 25, the seats in the Lumière Auditorium will be dismantled and shipped to Richmond.
It's going to take a while for the seats to get here, but that's not stopping people from continuing to go to the Byrd.
"I doubt the old seats would stop us from coming," says Allison Vaninwegan. "I mean, it's two dollars."
"I still think it's the best place in Richmond to see a movie," says Andy Liguori. "I'd sit on a milk crate if I had to."