Welcome to Grace Street Theater

Virginia Commonwealth University's Grace Street Theater is a little known but successful example of renovation and adaptive use of a historic property. The building originally opened in 1935 as the Lee Theatre, a neighborhood movie theater showing second-run films. It served for a brief period in the late 1950s/early 1960s as an art house theater. In 1965 it became known as the Lee Art Theatre and began presenting adult films along with burlesque style dancers. VCU purchased the property in 1993 and after extensive renovations the building re-opened in 1996 as VCU's Grace Street Theater. The theater is now the primary performing venue for VCU's Department of Dance and Choreography which operates the building and the box office. VCU's Department of Art History and Cinema Program also uses the building for many of its classes and screenings. In addition to its University uses, the 225 seat theater is available to the Richmond community to rent for dance performances, films, lectures, and other events.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

VCU GRACE STREET THEATER’S

20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY &

2016-2017 SEASON!

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SPRING 2017

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  VCU DANCE PRESENTS:

RESIST – SPRING 2017 PROJECT CONCERT IN TWO PROGRAMS

Program A: April 19th and 21st, 2017 at 8:00pm

  Program B: April 20th and 22nd, 2017 at 8:00pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

Tickets:

Wednesday, April 19th at 8:00pm – Program A:

https://www.showclix.com/event/VDSP17WED

Thursday, April 20th at 8:00pm – Program B:

https://www.showclix.com/event/VDSP17THURS

Friday, April 21st at 8:00pm – Program A:

https://www.showclix.com/event/VDSP17FRI

Saturday, April 22nd at 8:00pm – Program B:

https://www.showclix.com/event/VDSP17SAT

The Senior Project concert serves as a capstone experience in both performance and choreography for graduating Dance majors.

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VCU PHOTO & FILM PRESENTS, “OJ : MADE IN AMERICA”  (EPISODES 4-5)

April 22nd, 2017

12:00pm-3:00pm – Episodes 4-5

3:00pm-4:30pm – Discussion with Director Ezra Edelman,

moderated by Nicholas Forster

Admissions is free but registration is required.

Please register at: https://www.showclix.com/event/OJAPR22PARTII

Join us for the award winning feature O.J.: Made in America (2016), a 5-part documentary on what many have come to know as the trial of the century: The People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson. Widely Considered the birth of the 24-hour news cycle, this trial marked a clear and present divide between White America and Black America in the mid-Nineties. O.J.: Made in America is both O.J.’s story and ours—a narrative that transcends to directly address issues facing contemporary American society.

Director Ezra Edelman dissects the football legend’s image while incorporating a comprehensive history of race relations, situating the O.J. we now know in a historical context. Like an elegant Russian doll, Edelman crafts a scenario that repeatedly reveals levels of complexity as it unmasks aspects of American culture: wealth, privilege, policing, self-creation, domestic violence, the judicial system and the news media.Edelman suggests a connective tissue through history that serves to spin a journalistic masterpiece of cinematic art so completely and poignantly on target.Following the screening of episode 4 & 5 on April 22nd, Director and Oscar winner, Ezra Edelman will be present to field questions and have a discussion.

Oscar winner for best documentary and 4 Critics Choice Documentary Awards including Best Documentary and Best Director, and Winner of the Gotham Award for Best Documentary. Nominated for four Cinema Eye Honor Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking, Direction, Editing, Production, and Original Score.

This event is funded by the VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative. The initiative funds visiting artists, designers, performers and scholars whose work offers a catalyst for student dialogue about diverse aspects of identity–culture, class, race, gender, sexuality, religion.

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VCU CINEMA’S CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “IDA” (2013)

April 25th, 2017 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

Run time: 1 hr 22 min

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

“Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.” -IMDb

For more information about the Cinematheque screenings, please visit:  arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque/

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KARAR DANCE COMPANY

April 28th and 29th, 2017 at 8:00pm

Admission: $10 / $5 Students

Tickets:

April 28th, 2017 at 8pm:
https://www.showclix.com/event/KDCFRI8PM

April 29th, 2017 at 8pm:
https://www.showclix.com/event/KDCSAT8PM

Karar Dance Company is a powerful and bold company of dance artists who utilize athleticism where risks are taken as we search for the limits of human potential.  Join us for their inaugural performance, showcasing an evening of exciting dance works including two world premieres and live music by Savannah Hatcher.

Donate to their INDIEGOGO campaign by visiting indiegogo.com and searching KARAR DANCE COMPANY.

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS: FRESHMAN REP CONCERT

May 3rd, 2017 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free

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VCUarts KINETIC IMAGING DEPARTMENT SENIOR PROJECTS

May 4th at 7:00pm

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‘THESIS PIECES’ : A SCREENING WITH MEANING

VCUarts SENIOR FILM SHOW

May 12th at 12:00pm

Admission: Free, but registration is required.

To register, please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thesis-pieces-vcu-senior-film-show-tickets-32937455817

VCU’s senior film students are screening their ‘thesis pieces’ with a short Q&A following.

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WEST END ACADEMY OF DANCE

ENSEMBLE SHOWCASE SPRING 2017

May 20th, 2017 at 7pm-8pm.

Doors open at 6:30pm

Tickets: $10/General Admission

Tickets are available online at westendacademy.com or at the door

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 HENRICO HIGH SCHOOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS SENIOR PERFORMANCE

June 2nd, 2017 at 7:30pm

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