Writing for Richmond Magazine about the Bijou Film Center’s first fundraiser, Stephanie Manley provides background:
Parrish and Rea, who are both deeply involved in the arts community in Richmond, have focused much of their careers on film. (Rea was manager of the Biograph Theatre and Parrish co-founded the James River Film Society).
In addition to constructing their own theater, Parrish and Rea decided that attaching it to a café would create a more successful business. The partners also frequently returned their discussion to their love of film preservation, which led them to add to their business plan a center devoted to transferring small-format amateur films to digital.
On Sunday, September 21, at 6 p.m. the Bijou Film Center will present “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) at the Byrd Theatre.