Duo hopes to bring movies back to Broad Street

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Filmaker Rick Alverson (left) and actor Brian Landis dismantle seats at the Westhampton Theater for use at the Bijou. (PHOTO: James Parrish)

Filmaker Rick Alverson (left) and actor Brian Landis dismantle seats at the Westhampton Theater for use at the Bijou. (PHOTO: James Parrish)

RICHMOND, Va. — Inspired partly by the closure of a West End movie theater, two Richmonders plan to open a film center in a recently redeveloped downtown property.

James Parrish and Terry Rea plan to open in August the Bijou Film Center at 304 E. Broad St. The pair have a short-term lease for the 1,400-square-foot space on the ground floor of the three-story building.

“We wanted to bring movies back to Broad Street,” Parrish said. “We see it as a starter home. We’re going to start with folding chairs.”

The Bijou Film Center will show movies and sell beer, wine, coffee, popcorn and other food.

The August opening won’t be for a fully realized Bijou, but the single-screen film center will have limited screenings until the building is fully built out later this year.

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