Monday, February 11, 2008

The Biograph's 36th

Today marks the 36th anniversary of the opening of the Biograph Theatre. In 2000, I wrote a piece for about anniversary parties at that cinema which I managed for nearly 12 years. Here’s an excerpt:
...On Feb.11, 1972, the Biograph Theatre at 814 W. Grace St. was set in motion by a gem of a party. The first feature presentation was a French war-mocking comedy, "King of Hearts" (1966). On the screen, Genevieve Bujold was dazzling opposite the droll Alan Bates. In the lobby, the Fan District's version of the beautiful people were assembled. The champagne flowed and the flashbulbs popped.

As the new cinema house's first manager, at 24, this yarn's recounter was convinced he had the best job in town.

Repertory movie theaters such as the Biograph became popular in large cities and college towns in the late '60s and early '70s. The fashion of the era, driven by a film-buff in-crowd, elevated many foreign movies, certain American classics, and selected underground films above their current-release Hollywood counterparts. A repertory cinema's regulars viewed most of the product coming out of Hollywood then as naïve or corrupt.

For me, the gig lasted nearly 12 years, including five years of Rocky Horror midnight shows.
Click here to read the entire piece.

Click here to go to the Biograph Archives and read more about that chapter of Richmond entertainment/Fan District history.


beth said...

Where is the link to the Biograph archives?

F.T. Rea said...


Thanks for reminding me. My computer locked up when I was working on that post and I forgot to put the link in place. It's there now.