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The Lady in the front row

Season 3 Episode 1 Showing

Before most of the world got to see Season Three of Downton Abbey, we were able to attend a premier showing at a historical vintage theater in Richmond ,Virginia , USA.  The  Byrd Theatre & Foundation – Home. was built in 1928 and was the perfect setting to get a sneak peek at the first hour of season three. Along with my oldest daughter, we brought along two of her friends. The fun part was that we dressed in period costume that was encouraged by PBS who sponsored the free event. By now everyone has seen it, or will tonight depending on your time zone. Before the showing , we were surprised to be treated to a performance on “The Mighty Wurlitzer” by organ player Bob Gulledge. He played numerous musical pieces from Phantom of the Opera, Oliver and other Broadway Show tunes.

Downton Abbey Premier Showing at the Byrd Theater

Downton Abbey Premier Showing at the Byrd Theater

Long lines wrapped around the building to get inside

It was so much fun to see most everyone dressed from the turn of the century and up until the 1920’s. At the entrance to the Theater were two vintage cars from the era and local character actors greeted us upon arrival into the lobby.  Many were dressed as the Earl of Grantham, the Dowager Countess , as Mrs. Patmore , Martha Levinson and  Lady Mary Crawley.

Earl of Grantham and  the Countess

Earl of Grantham and the Countess

I Won’t Ruin the Surprise

The audience had a really good laugh when we first were shown a recap on  Downton Abbey  season 1 and 2 on the movie screen. For those who are new to the show, you will get a picture of the story line up until now on this comical clip:

Video: Downton Abbey: Official Seasons 1 & 2 Recap | Watch Masterpiece Online | PBS Video.

 

Arriving in 1912 Style

Arriving in 1912 Style

Downtown Abbey at Byrd

Lovely Ladies

Lovely Ladies

Mrs. Bucket?

Mrs. Bucket?

The Mighty Wurlitzer

The Mighty Wurlitzer

Downtown Abbey at Byrd

The "downstairs" staff

The “downstairs” staff

Feed the Byrd

Feed the Byrd

Will Bates be Freed?

How did his wife die? What will become of Downton Abbey after the Great War? How will Cora’s mother Martha Levinson help save the Castle? This first show of season three was fantastic.  Just love Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine ( and many years ago I was lucky to have met the super friendly Ms. MacLaine in person and speak with her). The two of them have the best dialogues! We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Premier and  appreciated the Byrd Theater and our local WCVE for sponsoring this great event.

This winter we can all be entertained and escape to a world most of us will never experience. Life in a castle manor and all of the pomp and protocol of living a life of such stature , wealth and royal blood lineage.

To keep updated on the next Downton Abbey show, see here: The Downton Dish Season 3 Ep 1 | THIRTEEN – New York Public Media.

Party DownTown for Downton Abbey

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