Thanks to you we blew past our original goal of 360 members — now more than 400 and counting!
You can join more than 400 others who became members during our Leap of Faith Campaign that we launched on March 3 and concluded with a stellar party at Hardywood on April 16, where we announced that we had exceeded our goal of 360 members before The Green Hearts closed out the show with an energetic set. (Due to popular demand, we extended the Leap of Faith Campaign through April 20.) Bijou members, along with the gift of 279 seats and screen from the now-closed Westhampton Theatre, are a sure sign that the Bijou will happen.
By becoming a member with of the Bijou Film Center with a $50 contribution, you are helping us build a 100-seat independent art house cinema, café and nonprofit film center that will serve as a community hub for information on film exhibition, production and preservation. With help from friends like you, we will bring the best new and classic art house films to Richmond that otherwise would not be shown locally, filling a gap in the Richmond film scene.
Thanks to you, we are finalizing plans to launch our next phase — a folding-chair, pop-up style Bijou in the downtown arts and cultural district. During the next year to 18 months we will continue to build our membership base, bring new films to Richmond, finalize architectural plans and raise the “big money” necessary to build out the permanent little cinema, café and film center of our dreams.
Breaking news! Screen and seats from The Westhampton going to The Bijou.
The ownership of the building that housed the Westhampton Theatre (1938-2016) has decided – make that generously decided! – to donate the 279 seats and screen from Theatre 2 (the upstairs auditorium) to the Bijou Film Center. Needless to say, it came as great news to us when a spokesman for Westhampton LLC, confirmed the other night that it is willing to help us out in this way.
Soon we'll need to put together a small crew of volunteer workers to help remove and store this equipment. Stay tuned …
Check back for information about the next exciting Bijou event, tentatively planned for early June.
Rea and Parrish envision a roughly 100-seat theater with a cafe … "What we think is we have a niche where we can pick good films that mostly get ignored by the major chains,” Rea says.
A little bit of the Westhampton also will live on in the new venue. The Cametas family has donated 279 of the theater’s seats and its smaller screen to the Bijou.
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Two local film veterans want to open a new community art theater and film education center that embraces the wider world of cinema, showing films that aren’t coming to Richmond as well as small-gauge home movies. Yes, they want your old Super 8 films.
“I think we can find a niche having a place that promotes alternatives to the Hollywood-centric model. We want to champion good films.”
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“Little cinema” was an idea that formed in the 1920s, when aficionados of small theaters and shorter movies continued supporting storefronts that projected films on a blank white wall. Fascinated by the concept of “little cinema,” Parrish and Rea researched the steps necessary to bring the idea to life in Richmond. After several conversations, the dream continued to grow. Now, they are knee-deep in building a community hub based around film.
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"Turns out we are the movie town some of us thought we were."- Karen Newton, icouldgoonandon.blogspot.com
"Whatever happens, we agree with Parrish that, in the best sense, a local-run repertory art cinema inspires all artists to do what they do – and as such, should be a part of any thriving art scene."- Chirs Bopst, StyleWeekly.com
"Suddenly, a grand idea had formed: the Bijou Film Center. As it’s envisioned, the Bijou, which stands for “little jewel,” will eventually include a theater, a café and a business for preserving and re-producing old films."- Stephanie Manley, RichmondMagazine.com
"The two want Bijou to become a hub for everything to do with film, and to bring this small film theater back to the way that movie theatres were at the turn of the 20th century in Richmond, before Hollywood took over."- Sky Anderson, RVAMag.com