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Built upon a rich history, Richmond's cultural scene began in 1786 with the opening of the city's first theater. The Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St., was formerly known as the Mosque because of its resemblance to a Moslem Temple. Built in 1926 by the Shriners, the 3,500-seat theater today offers performances by national touring companies; phone (804) 646-0546. On the corner of 6th and Grace streets, Dominion Arts Center is home to three performance venues: Carpenter Theatre, Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse and Rhythm Hall. Phone (804) 592-3330 for ticket and event information.

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The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., was built in 1928 and shows second-run movies as well as classic films; phone (804) 353-9911. The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 W. Broad St., originally was founded in 1911 as the Empire Theatre and underwent restoration in the early 1990s. It is now home to the Virginia Repertory Theatre company, which also stages productions at The Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn, in The Shops at Willow Lawn at 1601 Willow Lawn Dr., and at November Theatre, 114 W. Broad St. For more information, phone the Virginia Rep box office at (804) 282-2620.

Offering five major concerts and several smaller venues, the Richmond Symphony is for classical music lovers; phone (804) 788-1212. The Richmond Philharmonic also presents five concerts a year throughout town; phone (804) 673-7400 for information. Concerts by top-name performers regularly take place at the Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St.; phone (804) 780-4970 for the box office.

The Richmond Ballet, the commonwealth's only professional troupe, performs year-round and travels throughout Virginia presenting its repertoire of both classical and contemporary works; phone (804) 344-0906.

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Travel Information

City Population

204,214

Elevation

15 ft.

Sales Tax

Virginia levies a 5.3 percent sales tax, which includes a 1 percent tax levied by city or county governments. The Richmond area has a lodging tax of 8 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(804) 646-5100

Hospitals

Bon Secours-St. Mary's Hospital, (804) 285-2011; Henrico Doctors' Hospital, (804) 289-4500; VCU Medical Center, (804) 828-9000.

Visitor Information

405 N. Third St. Richmond, VA 23219. Phone:(804)783-7450 or (800)370-9004

Air Travel

Richmond International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, at Richmond International Airport, offers discounts to AAA members; phone (804) 222-7228 or (800) 654-3080.

Rail Service

Amtrak train service is available at 7519 Staples Mill Rd., (800) 872-7245, and at historic Main Street Station at 500 E. Main St., (804) 646-2041.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. bus terminal is at 2910 N. Boulevard St. across from The Diamond baseball field; phone (804) 254-5910.

Taxis

Some of the larger cab companies include Galaxy, (804) 560-4408; Yellow, (804) 222-7300; and Richmond Taxi, (804) 439-0009. Base fare is $2.50 for the first one-fifth mile, 50c for each additional one-fifth mile and 50c for each 80-second period of delay, including traffic. Base fare rises $1 for each additional passenger over age 6 and for rides between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. A $2 access fee is added to fares originating at the airport.

Public Transportation

The Greater Richmond Transit Co. (GRTC) operates buses throughout most of the city and parts of Henrico County. The base fare for local routes is $1.50. Transfers cost 25c. Transfers must be purchased at the time your initial fare is paid. Reduced rates are available for senior citizens and the physically impaired. Go Cards, used in lieu of cash by customers boarding GRTC vehicles, are available for advance purchase at retail locations throughout the Richmond area for $10. Phone (804) 358-4782.

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