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Season Five Preview Celebration and Screening

Help Make this the Biggest Preview Event in the Country!

Friday, January 2, 2015 • 8:00 p.m.
Altria Theater (formerly The Landmark) in Richmond, VA

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the public (7:15 p.m. for sponsors and Commonwealth Circle members).

Start pulling your costume together and join us at 8:00 p.m. for the free screening of the first full episode of the Downton Abbey Season 5 (no ticket required). This Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning hit drama returns for a fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate — an entertaining formula that has made Downton Abbey the highest-rated drama in PBS history. The acclaimed ensemble cast is joined by guest stars Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton and Peter Egan as Lord Flintshire, together with new characters played by Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Sherbedgia.

Bring all your friends. Let’s fill the theater and make this the biggest premiere in the country!

Photos: Camera Club of Richmond – Peter Kapasakis, Terry Bazemore

Guests will be greeted by Maymont’s costumed interpreters authentically dressed to include the years of all five Downton Abbey seasons--ladies, gentlemen and servants. They will be looking for some of the best examples of Downton-era fashions, hairstyles and accessories worn by the guests. Some will be invited to appear on stage before the preview begins. Nancy Lowden, Manager of Maymont Historic Programs, will share insights about what Richmond high society looked like at the time: Where did stylish ladies shop? What were the most exclusive neighborhoods? What was “the buzz” at cocktail parties? Ladies voting?! Smoking cigarettes?! You'll enjoy a few moments of local gossip just before the show starts.

Samson Trinh and the Upper East Side Big Band will be playing live jazz music as you enter the theater and you’ll meet evening Jazz Host Peter Solomon and Sound of Swing Host Steve Clark of 88.9FM WCVE Richmond Public Radio.

Come early for the Preview Reception (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
$50 per person – Advanced Tickets Required
The Community Idea Stations is pleased to offer to the Richmond and Central Virginia community a Downton Abbey Preview Reception for the first time ever in the brand new Altria Theater, opening after a $60 million restoration to its 1920s splendor. This will be a spectacular way for you and your friends to extend your New Year celebration and start 2015 in style. You will enjoy live jazz music, English tea sandwiches and beef wellington in a perfect setting for showing off your period dress and savoring this much anticipated event with your friends and fellow Downton Abbey fans. All reception guests will have guaranteed orchestra seating at the premiere. (photo ID is required and guests over 21 will be carded)

Buy Tickets Here (Deadline to purchase tickets is December 26, 2014)

Watch the Season 5 Public Television Premiere
Don’t miss the Masterpiece: Classic “Downton Abbey Season 5” television
 premiere on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS / WHTJ PBS. Local broadcasting of Downton Abbey is made possible by our members in partnership with Masterpiece sponsors Virginia Rep (Virginia Repertory Theatre), Sands Anderson Law Firm, Call Federal Credit Union, The Hermitage, River Road Shopping Center and Ann Louise Martin.

Watch on PBS Video
Watch on PBS Video

Be sure to catch up on Season 4 beginning December 7, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS / WHTJ PBS.