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A music lover's passion for music would be incomplete without watching a show at the National. True to its name, this classic place is nationally renowned for the finest concerts held here. Wooden floors, brick walls, 1500-cushioned seats and seven full bars is what makes the patrons return for more. The stylish backdrops and the grand stage provides an unobstructed view of your favorite artists playing live. Add to it the ultra-modern V-DOSC sound system and you have a power-packed experience!
Hippodrome Theater is a big and spacious entertainment venue in Jackson Ward. The decor style of the 1930s and the palatial interiors make it a special place for events like weddings and receptions. This multi room theater also has a balcony that offers a better view of the event taking place. Heavyweights such as Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong have performed here in the past.
Minarets and mosaics adorn this enchanting building. It seems to have leapt out of the Arabian Nights onto Richmond's Laurel Street. Marbled halls, columns and more elaborate mosaic work fill the interior and you almost suspect a genie might be waiting around the next corner. This theater, formerly called The Mosque because of its Middle Eastern look, was built in 1926 by the Shriners as their Acca Temple Shrine. The city purchased it in 1940 and restored it in 1994-95. Guided group tours are available by appointment.
Firehouse Theatre is an artistic home, a thriving hub of creative activity, and a center for community engagement where new performance work is developed and produced. Founded in 1993 in Fire Department’s Station House #10, Firehouse has premiered new plays, created and encouraged new work, hosted emerging and established artists from many disciplines, and has earned a reputation as the place where new lives.
The website of Cary Street Café proclaims itself as the"hippe bar with great live music" for the last 13 years. They feature bands that play rock, reggae etc and acts happen frequently. The cafe also has a a menu that includes hummus, Slap Yo Mama burgers and Slap Yo Daddy wraps. Besides this they also have an under 12 children's menu. Every Sunday, old time jam session takes place that is open for all, Monday nights are karaoke and is free. There is a concept of a "rotating beer of the month" that exists here.
This quaint amphitheater located at Byrd Park is home to a plethora of events and cultural festivities. Dogwood Dell can accommodate a crowd of 2,400 and makes for an ideal space to lounge around and witness events at. Climb the 240-foot Georgian bell tower for a great view of Byrd Park, a spot filled with people lounging on the grass and playing Frisbee with or without their pets. On summer evenings, a free performing arts festival here draws hundreds of picnicking spectators. Call for more details on upcoming events at this venue.
Considered by many to be the birthplace of NASCAR since Lee Petty won the first NASCAR race ever in 1953, the Richmond International Raceway is today one of the most modern speedways you will find on the NASCAR tour. It boasts a 0.75 mile (1.207 km) oval track with 14 banks/turns and equipment that makes night-time racing possible. Richmond International Raceway also hosts two Winston Cup events annually: the Pontiac Excitement 400 and the Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400.
The Modlin Center for the Arts, located in the University of Richmond, houses several venues and theaters, such as the Camp Concert Hall and the intimate Alice Jepson Theatre. Truly the activity hub of the college and perpetually buzzing with activity, the Center also offers galleries, classrooms, and studios. This Collegiate Gothic style structure is a beauty in itself, so it is definitely worth a visit and ogle.
Uptown Alley provides fun for everyone. It is a modern and sophisticated bowling alley that consists of two floors: the first is kid-oriented and has bowling lanes, a cafe, and an arcade; the second also has lanes, except it has a bar and gives off an atmosphere of a lounge. The music that is constantly playing through the speakers is infectious, so thankfully there is a dance floor where you can show off your moves. This is the perfect place to bring family, friends and coworkers for a great time.