Richmond Cultural Tour (Self Guided), Richmond

Richmond is famous for its many architectural and historical landmarks, but it is also a vibrant center for the arts. Take our Cultural Tour to discover the wide variety of theaters, opera houses and other cultural venues that make up the Richmond arts landscape.
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Richmond Cultural Tour Map

Guide Name: Richmond Cultural Tour
Guide Location: USA » Richmond (See other walking tours in Richmond)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: damon
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The National

1) The National

The National Theater is a historic theater in Richmond. Part of a city block along the 700 block of Broad Street once known as Theatre Row, it is the only surviving auditorium of the row. The National Theater was built in 1923, originally staging both live entertainment as well as motion-pictures. In 1968, it was converted into a dedicated cinema, which closed on September 5, 1983.

Restored and reopened in the 2000s the theater, operating as The National, is used as a performing arts and music venue.

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Richmond CenterStage

2) Richmond CenterStage

The Richmond CenterStage, formerly known as Carpenter Theater for the Performing Arts, is located at 600 E. Grace Street in downtown Richmond. Originally known as Loew's Theatre, the movie palace was developed by the Loew's Theatres company and was designed by John Eberson. Construction of the building began in 1927 and its doors were opened in 1928.

As a prominent New York architect, John Eberson conceived a design for the Loew's Theater Corporation influenced by both Moorish and Spanish baroque structures. According to architectural historian Calder Loth, "Loew's was considered the most up-to-date theater in the South when it opened on April 9, 1928." Eberson was famous for having invented the "atmospheric theatre" design in which the theater walls resembled an elegant villa or streetscape under a night sky. The Carpenter Theater design evokes a Spanish setting with a faux sky ceiling containing stars and moving clouds.

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Richmond Symphony

3) Richmond Symphony

The Richmond Symphony is based in Richmond. One of the nation's leading regional orchestras, it employs 72-85 musicians who give over 100 performances each season to over 125,000 audience members. Its music director (since 2010) is Steven Smith.

The Richmond Symphony was founded in 1957. The Symphony performed only three concerts in its inaugural season. The Richmond Symphony Chorus, founded in 1971, gave its first performance under the direction of Robert Shaw; its directors have been Dr. James Erb (1971-2007) and Dr. Erin R. Freeman (since 2007). The Richmond Symphony Young Performers Program includes four ensembles of elementary to secondary school students.

As a nonprofit corporation, the Richmond Symphony is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The orchestra performs five series of Concerts: The Masterworks Series of traditional symphonic repertoire; The Bach Festival Series (chamber orchestra); The Kicked Back Classics Series - selected Masterworks repertoire in a more casual and interactive format; The Symphony Pops Series - lighter popular and classical music; and the Richmond Symphony Family Concert Series - less formal, family-oriented events.

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The Carpenter Theater

4) The Carpenter Theater

The Carpenter Theatre for the Performing Arts is housed in a building first designed for the Loew’s Theater Corporation which opened in 1928. Nine performing arts groups based in Richmond use this performance venue, including theatre, folklore, ballet, orchestral, jazz, opera and more.
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Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre

5) Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre

The Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre was established in 1957 by a group of local dancers. It has been the home of the School of Richmond Ballet since 1975. Over time, the school has evolved from a simple student-run company into today's established and reputable outfit.
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Theatre IV

6) Theatre IV

The theatre, originally known as the Richmond Theatre and Opera House, is structured into the familiar stalls, dress and upper circles, with four boxes at dress level. The auditorium is a mixture of gilt detailing and red plush fabrics, covering seats and front of circles.

In the early 1990s the theatre underwent a major overhaul overseen by the designer Carl Toms. This included a side extension giving more space for the audience and includes a 'Matcham Room’. Its interior and exterior has been used as a movie set in many films (e.g. Finding Neverland, National Treasure) and TV programmes (e.g. Jonathan Creek). The theatre is now part of the Ambassador Theatre Group and has a weekly schedule of plays and musicals, usually given by professional touring companies. Pre-West End shows can sometimes be seen. There is a Christmas and New Year pantomime tradition and many of Britain's greatest music hall and pantomime performers have appeared there.

The present Richmond Theatre, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, is a British Victorian theatre located on Little Green, adjacent to Richmond Green. It opened on 18 September 1899 with a performance of As You Like It, and is one of the finest surviving examples of the work of theatre architect Frank Matcham.

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Elegba Folklore Society

7) Elegba Folklore Society

The Elegba Folklore Society is a cultural celebration of Africa and African-Americans. Visitors can enjoy many different artworks from Africa here, as well as history tours and a spectacular performance in African village style.

Walking Tours in Richmond, Virginia

Create Your Own Walk in Richmond

Create Your Own Walk in Richmond

Creating your own self-guided walk in Richmond is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Richmond Art Galleries Tour Part 1

Richmond Art Galleries Tour Part 1

Richmond is one of best cities in this part of the United States for art, with a large number of quality galleries in the city. You can see fascinating artworks by nationally and internationally famous artists here, as well as browse paintings for purchase at commercial galleries. Take our two-part tour to see the best art galleries in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 Km or 0.4 Miles
Richmond Art Galleries Tour Part 2

Richmond Art Galleries Tour Part 2

Richmond is one of best cities in this part of the United States for art, with a large number of quality galleries in the city. You can see fascinating artworks by nationally and internationally famous artists here, as well as browse paintings for purchase at commercial galleries. Take our two-part tour to see the best art galleries in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Richmond Museums Tour

Richmond Museums Tour

Richmond is one of the best places in the state of Virginia to find fascinating museums. The Science Museum of Virginia is based here, as well as the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of the Confederacy. Take this tour to learn all about the history of the city and see some excellent exhibitions.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.7 Km or 5.4 Miles
Richmond Civil War Trail

Richmond Civil War Trail

One of the most fascinating aspects of Richmond is its glorious past as the Confederacy's capital. If you are a history buff you’ll love taking this unique tour, which includes all the main sites in the city associated with the American Civil War.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Richmond City Orientation Tour

Richmond City Orientation Tour

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Richmond boasts a great cultural and historical heritage. In fact, it helped to shape American history. Take our City Orientation Tour to get a sense of the main institutions of Richmond and see some of its top sights.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Richmond Places of Worship Tour Part 2

Richmond Places of Worship Tour Part 2

Due to its past as an English colony, Richmond has a number of notable Anglican and Episcopal churches dotted around the city. Take our two-part tour to discover these beautiful buildings as well as many other places of worship in Richmond.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles