Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

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

 

 

 

 

 

a-prophet-posterCinematheque Presents: “A Prophet”

October 28th, 2014 at 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

155 min. 1974. Directed Jacques Audlard (France)

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin

For more information about Cinematheque or the VCU School of Arts Cinema Department please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/

 

 

 

VCU Humanities Research Center Speaker Series Presents E. Patrick Johnson

October 29th, 2014 at 8pm

Patrick-JohnsonE. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University, will perform his play Sweet Tea, based on his book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South (University of North Carolina Press, 2008). This co-sponsored by the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

For more information about the VCU Department of Humanities and Sciences or this event, please visit: http://wp.vcu.edu/humanities-and-sciences/speaker-series-e-patrick-johnson/

 

 

 

a-separation-movie-posterCinematheque Presents: “A Separation”

November 4th, 2014 at 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

123 min. 2011. Directed by Asghar Farhadi (Iran)

Description: A married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information about Cinematheque or the VCU School of Arts Cinema Department please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/

 

 

60x60x60: Art Foundation Film Festival

November 7th, 2014 from 6pm-8pm

Admission: Free

Information: TBA

 

 

Cinematheque Presents: “An Evening with Sara Driver: When Pigs Fly”

November 11th, 2014 at 7pm

94 min. 1993. Directed by Sara Driver (Germany)

Description: A down-and-out jazz musician is given a rocking chair by his on-and-off girlfriend, which turns out to be haunted by two ghosts.

For more information about Cinematheque or the VCU School of Arts Cinema Department please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/

 

VCU Dance & Choreography: Fall Senior Project

November 20, 21, 22, 2014 at 8pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

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

Information: TBA

 

 

amour-movie-posterCinematheque Presents: “Amour”

December 2nd, 2014 at 7pm

127 min. 2012. Directed by Michael Haneke (Germany)

Description: Georges and Anne are an octogenerian couple. They are cutivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple’s bond of love is severely tested. For more information about Cinematheque or the VCU School of Arts Cinema Department please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/

 

 

VCU Dance & Choreography: Student Concert

January 23 & 24, 2015 at 8pm

Admission:$15/$10 students

This professionally produced concert features new work choreographed and performed by talented Dance majors from freshmen to seniors.

Information: TBA

 

VCU Dance NOW

February 19, 20, 21, 2015 at 8pm and 2pm Saturday matinee

Admission: $20/$15 students

For 2015, this concert features new works by guest artists Doug Varone and Dawn Marie Bazemore as well as by VCU Dance faculty members, all performed by VCU Dance majors.

Information: TBA

 

VCU Dance & Choreography: Spring Senior Project

April 16, 17, 18, 2015 at 8pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

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

Information: TBA