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Carytown, seen from West Cary Street, with the Byrd Theatre on the right

Carytown is an urban retail district in Richmond, Virginia; it is along Cary Street at the southern end of the Museum District. Located west of the historic Fan District, Carytown has an eclectic flavor and includes more than 230 shops, restaurants, and offices. The Byrd Theatre, a restored movie palace that has operated continuously since 1928, is located in this district.


Many of the shops in Carytown are located in historical buildings.

The Cary Street Park and Shop Center was built in the 1930s and opened for business in 1938. It was Richmond's first strip shopping center, and was popular due to its "park and shop" nature. As more shops developed on the surrounding property, the entire area became bustling with customers and even tourists. The buildings are in constant need of repair and restoration, after decades of damaging time.

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