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VPM to Host “Downton Abbey” Watch Party at Regal Short Pump on Sept. 18

VPM Advanced Screening and Watch Party

Catch an advanced screening of the “Downton Abbey” movie, complete with a “red carpet” experience. Guests are invited to dress in period costume and have their picture taken in front of Highclere Castle.

Wed., Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Regal Cinemas, Short Pump
General Admission: $18 donation to VPM
For registration information:

Richmond, Va. - Eight years ago, the British period drama “Downton Abbey” quietly premiered on American PBS stations. What followed was an international sensation. Fans of the beloved PBS Masterpiece series will be able to return to Highclere Castle once again as “Downton Abbey” the movie hits theatres nationwide in September. To celebrate, VPM, the new name of the Community Idea Stations, is hosting an advanced screening and watch party of the much-awaited film at Richmond’s Regal Cinemas, Short Pump on Sept. 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

This advanced screening — two days before the national release — will offer area viewers the chance to dress up and celebrate the return of their beloved Crawley family. Attendees will get to walk the red carpet and have their pictures taken in front of a green screen of Highclere Castle, the Crawley family estate. 

“As much as we enjoyed watching six seasons of ‘Downton Abbey’ at home, every year, we all looked forward to seeing the season premieres together at annual preview screenings made possible by your local PBS station, now VPM,” said Katherine Mitchell, Vice President for Community Engagement at VPM. “Come join us again for what we anticipate will be the biggest ‘Downton Abbey’ movie watch party in the state of Virginia.”

An $18 donation covers general admission to the advanced screening and a special souvenir photo in front of Highclere Castle. All proceeds benefit VPM. Register for the event at

Information about this and future VPM events in the Richmond, Charlottesville, and Harrisonburg viewing areas may be found at Follow VPM on social media @myVPM.

Area television viewers can catch encore presentations of “Downton Abbey” Sunday evenings on VPM PBS and Friday evenings on VPM Plus. 

Rewatch the entire six seasons of “Downton Abbey” on VPM Passport at

About VPM

VPM is the largest locally owned and operated public media company in Central Virginia. As Virginia’s home for public media, VPM provides the best of PBS and NPR programming coupled with a strong set of community-based programs and services designed to make an important impact in the areas of arts, news, history, science and education. Each week, the stations in Richmond, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg are accessible to nearly 2 million people across Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

VPM includes public television stations VPM PBS, VPM Plus, VPM PBS KIDS, lifestyle channel VPM Create and international program channel VPM Worldview.

VPM also includes Richmond public radio stations VPM News (88.9 FM-HD1) and VPM Music (107.3 FM and 93.1 FM-HD2). In the Northern Neck (89.1 FM WCNV) and Chase City (90.1 FM WMVE), listeners receive a combination of the news and music stations.

More information can be found at


Media Contact:

Sarah Yount
(804) 560-8232
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Official trailer provided by Focus Features.

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