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Opened in 1895, the Jefferson Hotel has officially been registered on the list of National Register of Historic Places in Richmond. Unfortunately, a fire in 1901 destroyed the majority of the hotel, so a large portion had to be rebuilt. The inside of the hotel is beautiful and classic, with a high-class feel. The 1981 film called 'My Dinner with Andre' features the majority of its scenes within the Jefferson Hotel and its restaurant. This comedy-drama starred actors Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn as the main characters. The first half of the film focuses on Andre who plays an ex-theatre director. A good portion of these scenes features the hotel, specifically the ballroom, which is the perfect area to portray a historic area.
After many hotel renovations throughout the years and neglect of this historic property, the hotel closed to the public in 1980. The exception to this closure was to filmmakers who wanted to use this area as a set. The director of 'My Dinner with Andre', Louis Malle, took advantage of this opportunity and decided that this place was perfect for his film. Reconstruction of the current hotel began in 1983 and the renovations cost more than $34 million dollars to both restore the hotel to its former glory and to make the necessary modern renovations. There have been several renovations since then, with the most extensive one being in 2013. The rooms were redone and the 262 rooms turned into a more spacious 181 rooms to give a more luxurious and open feel.
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