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Downton

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.

Altria Parking Instructions

Visit here for directions and parking information.

  • Cost to park is $8.00 per vehicle (pricing and availability are subject to change)
  • Parking decks are cash only
  • Payment is required upon entering the deck
  • Handicapped parking is available at each parking location
  • Pre-pay online and save: Click Here

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.