Saturday, January 2, 2016 • 8:00 p.m.
Altria Theater in Richmond, VA
This free event allows fans to see the first episode of this Masterpiece drama one-day ahead of the television premiere! Registration Tickets Required.
Downton Abbey fans, get ready to don your favorite 1920s and Edwardian-inspired wardrobe pieces one last time as the Community Idea Stations hosts the show’s final season premiere at the Altria Theater on Saturday, January 2 at 8:00 p.m.
The free event takes place one day ahead of the official U.S. premiere of the drama’s sixth season. Attendees are encouraged to wear hats, gloves and other period dress. Guests will once again be greeted by Maymont’s costumed interpreters who have brand new 1920s style clothing, setting the tone for the evening.
Photos: Camera Club of Richmond – Peter Kapasakis, Terry Bazemore
For the first time, attendees will be able to secure guaranteed seating for the free screening by registering online. Last year’s event included more than 2,700 people and was the largest Downton Abbey preview across the U.S.
“What makes the preview celebration particularly remarkable is the overwhelming enthusiasm displayed by the crowd, most of whom are dressed in period attire,” says Curtis Monk president & CEO of the Community Idea Stations. “It is important to us to bring these enriching experiences beyond the broadcast to our community.”
Downton Abbey is part of PBS’ Masterpiece, America’s longest-running weekly prime time drama series, famous for classic adaptations, mysteries and contemporary works. The British period drama was created by Julian Fellowes and is the network’s most successful program ever.
The January 2nd event will begin with jazz music by area favorites Rumble Seat Revival. The program will include an excerpt from Masterpiece’s Mercy Street, which premieres Sunday, January 17 at 10:00 p.m. after Downton. Mercy Street was filmed in Richmond and is PBS’ first American-made drama in more than a decade.
Downton Abbey fans who want to extend the celebration are invited to a special ticketed reception that begins at 5:30 p.m. Guests at the reception will be treated to early seating. Specialty drinks, Downton Abbey wine and English-inspired hors d’oeuvres, will be served in the Altria Theater’s grand ballroom along with live jazz music and dancing.
“There is something very special about being able to see a television show in a room with fellow fans on the big screen, especially when it is as beautifully made as Masterpiece,” says Katherine Godin Mitchell, Director of Community Engagement for the Community Idea Stations.
Register for the Preview Event (free tickets) and the Special Reception (paid tickets)
Tickets available starting November 20 at 7:00 a.m.
Watch the Final Season
Don’t miss the Masterpiece: Classic “Downton Abbey Season 6” television premiere on Sunday, January 3, 2016 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.
Be sure to catch up on Season 5 beginning Sunday, November 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. on WCVE PBS / WHTJ PBS.