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Help the Community Idea Stations kick off its 50th Anniversary Year with the Masterpiece: Classic “Downton Abbey Season 4” Preview Celebration at the Byrd Theatre on January 2, 2014.

The Community Idea Stations began serving this community in 1964 when we went on the air to serve teachers with educational video in the classroom. We invite you and your friends to kick off this special anniversary year in a big way! Come watch the first hour of Downton Abbey Season 4 on the big screen. Last year, our Byrd Theatre preview event was one of the largest screenings in the country, filling all 1,300 seats at The Byrd. This year, even more fans will be able to enjoy the fun with two screenings. This special event is free to attend (but donations are welcome)!

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Start pulling your costume together and plan to join us with all your friends for either the 7:00 p.m. OR the 9:30 p.m. seating!

Commonwealth Circle Member? Contact Trish Poupore for information about early, VIP seating at

What: Masterpiece: Classic “Downton Abbey Season 4” Preview Celebration
Where: The Byrd Theatre • 2908 West Cary Street • Richmond, VA 23221
When: January 2, 2014 • 7:00 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. seating options

Costume Contest: Win Dinner for Two

Between the two preview showings of Downton Abbey at the Byrd Theatre on January 2nd, have a seat and enjoy a meal or a drink at Can Can. If you happen to be wearing period dress - and if you make a donation to WCVE PBS - you will be entered into a costume contest. The winner will be chosen by a panel of 3 judges with a prize of dinner-for-two at Can Can, located at 3120 West Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia.

Special Discount on Clothing and Accessories

Getting dressed up for the Preview Event at the Byrd? Bygones is offering a 10% discount on clothing and accessories. To get the discount, you must mention that your purchases are for the Downton Abbey Preview at the Byrd! Bygones has been in business for 34 years and offers men's and ladies vintage clothing and accessories. They also carry several lines of excellent reproduction dresses, hats, canes and other accessories. Visit Bygones at 2916 W. Cary Street Richmond, Virginia.

Downton Abbey Season 4 Begins January 5

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 3:13pm -- WCVE

The most-watched drama in PBS history enters its fourth gripping season with the whole world waiting to learn how the beloved characters deal with a shocking tragedy. The acclaimed ensemble is back, together with returning guest star Academy Award®-winner Shirley MacLaine and new guest star Paul Giamatti. Also joining the cast are Harriet Walter, Gary Carr, Joanna David, and Tom Cullen, as the legend continues on Downton Abbey Season 4, airing over eight Sundays beginning with a two-hour premiere on January 5, 2014 on PBS.

What Should I Wear to the Downton Abbey Premiere?

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 3:32pm -- Ami Kim

Want to make an impressive period appropriate entrance to the Byrd Theatre on a cold winter evening? Wear fur (faux fur works great!). Mink, raccoon, fox were popularly used or capes, long coats, collars, stoles, muffs & hats. Hats complete any ensemble with flair – cloth or felt bell-shaped cloches for women in the 1920s or a larger brimmed hat for the 1910s. Add an oversized silk flower, colorful feathers or an art nouveau brooch and your plain hat becomes stylish.