After last season’s finale, we’re all dying to know how season five will commence, so come celebrate the premiere in style! The Paramount Theater, in partnership with WVPT, will open the doors to the public to attend the live simulcast at no charge. Tickets will be sold for a private reception, featuring food, drink and a guest speaker! Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor and Chair for the Department of Architectural History at the University of Virginia, will be the featured speaker for the evening, presenting “The Romance of the English Country House”. Wilson’s specialty is architecture, design and art of the 18th to the 21st century both in America and abroad.

“The Romance of the English Country House”
Among England’s many contributions to the arts, one of its most important and best known is the large house set on many acres of grounds in the country side accompanied with grand gardens and filled with paintings and fine furniture. Indeed, tours of English country houses is one of the most popular tourist draws for well over the past century. This talk will explore the origins and then development of the grand styled country house especially in the Victorian period and how they have survived.

Costumes and period dress are encouraged for the event.

  • Sunday, January 4, 2015
  • VIP Reception begins at 6:30 PM
  • Free Screening Event Open to Public at 9:00 PM (Doors open at 8:30PM)


WVPT – Your Source for PBS and more and The Arts Council of the Valley are partnering to host a party for the long-awaited season five premiere of Downton Abbey, on MASTERPIECE. Prior to the 9:00 pm  free screening, a private Premiere Party and VIP Reception, sponsored by LD&B Insurance and Financial Services, will be held in the Court Square Theater from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy priority seating along with wine from Bluestone Vineyards, beer from Three Notch’d Brewing Company, and light hors d’oeuvres by Mama’s Caboose. There will also be a special presentation by Tassie Pippert, Certified Chef; Certified Specialist of Wine; Professor of Hospitality; School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management, James Madison University. Tickets for the Premiere Party and special presentation are $25 per person and may be purchased below.

  • Sunday, January 4, 2015
  • Private Premiere Party at 7:00 p.m.
  • Free Screening Event Open to Public at 9:00 PM (Doors open at 8:30PM)

Free tickets for just the theater screening of the premiere will be available to the public, outside the theater in the commons area starting at 8:30pm. Concessions, wine and beer will be available for purchase. Costumes and period dress are encouraged for the event.


A special thank you to our event sponsors: 

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