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.






25th Annual James River Film Festival Presents

Der Golem: How He Came Into The World

March 15th, 2018 at 7:30pm-10:00pm

Admission: $10 advance through the James River Film Society / $15 at the door

Tickets are not available through the Grace Street Theater’s Box Office

(’20 , 68 min.)

Director Paul Wegener & Carl Boese w/ Wegener

With return guest guitarist Gary Lucas live and Zgomot!

Renowned guitar wizard Gary Lucas brings the silent German classic to life- first presented as an inaugural event at Richmond’s Jewish Holocaust Museum in 2003. Under the tyranny of the Emperor in 16th century Prague, a rabbi creates a powerful monster of clay to protect his people, but in the hands of his devious assistant, the Golem goes on a rampage. An inspiration to Universal’s monsters of the 30s, photographed by famed cinematographer Karl Freund. After the movie Lucas jams with RVA quarter Zgomot and experimental shorts.

Co-sponsored by Plan 9 Music

For more information about the James River Film Festival, please visit here.



25th Annual James River Film Festival Presents Wendy & Lucy w/ Director Kelly Reichardt

March 17th, 2018 at 7:30pm-9pm

Admission: $10/advance through the James River Film Society or at the door. Tickets are not available through the Grace Street Theater’s Box Office.

Dir. Kelly Reichardt

Scr. Jonathan Raymond w/ Michelle Williams, Will Oldham, Will Patton, Water Dalton and Lucy

With special guest director Kelly Reichardt!

An indie classic practically since its release, Reichardt’s variation on the “boy and his dog” story leaves out all sentiment in a tale reminiscent of Dreiser or Norris. Wendy (Michelle Williams) is on her way to Alaska to look for a job with dog Lucy in tow when her car breaks down in Oregon. Then she’s faced with some touch choices. Ms. Reichardt will be available for a Q&A after the screening.

For more information about the James River Film Festival, please visit here.


25th Annual James River Film Festival Presents Night Moves w/ Director Kelly Reichardt

March 17th, 2018 at 9pm-11pm

Admission: $10/advance through the James River Film Society or at the door. Tickets are not available through the Grace Street Theater’s Box Office.

Dir. Kelly Reichardt

Scr.: Jonathan Raymond w/ Jesse Eisenburg Dakota Fanning Peter Sarsgaard

With special guest director Kelly Reichardt!

A radical environmentalist plot to explode a damn on a rive to facilitate spawning fish in the Pacific NW goes awry when a fisherman drowns. What was once an act of activism becomes a capital crime – as the stakes get higher, paranoia and suspicion result in another moral consequence. A moody thriller by guest director Kelly Reichardt who will answer questions after the screening.

For more information about the James River Film Festival, please visit here.



 Cinematheque Presents,”Following”

March 20th, 2018

Admission: Free and open to the public

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Run time: 69 min

IMDb: “An older man listens to Bill’s story about being a callow writer who likes to follow strangers around London, observing them. One day, a glib and self-confident man whom Bill has been following confronts him. He’s Cobb, a burglar who takes Bill under his wing and shows him how to break and enter. They burgle a woman’s flat; Bill gets intrigued with her (photographs are everywhere in her flat). He follows her and chats her up at a bar owned by her ex-boyfriend, a nasty piece of work who killed someone in her living room with a hammer. Soon Bill is volunteering to do her a favor, which involves a break-in. What does the older man know that Bill doesn’t?”

For more information about the VCUarts Cinematheque Program, please visit here.



 MK Abadoo Presents,

“Octavia’s Brood: Riding the Ox Home”

March 23rd & 24th, 2018

Doors: 7:30pm / Event: 8:00 pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

Tickets are available at vcudance.showclix.com or through the Grace Street Theater Box Office, Monday-Friday from 12-4pm at 804-828-2020.

Photo credit: C. Stanley Photography

VCU Dance presents Octavia’s Brood: Riding the Ox Home, an original work by iCubed scholar MK Abadoo on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24 at the Grace Street Theater at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $15/$10 students, and are available at vcudance.showclix.com or by calling 804-828-2020 during box office business hours from 12-4pm, Monday-Friday.

In Octavia’s Brood: Riding the Ox Home (ORBOH), MK Abadoo crafts an immersive, site-expansive dance work inspired by the prophetic envisioning of science fiction author, Octavia Butler and freedom fighter, Harriet Tubman. Abadoo draws from her background in Contemporary, West African and Funk dance genres to explore story-telling from the perspectives of women of the African Diaspora.

“I am still in awe..hours after the performance.”

– DC Metro Theater Arts

The evening-length ensemble work borrows a portion of its title from Octavia’s Brood, a collection of “short stories for social justice movements,” co-edited by Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown. Similar to Imarisha and Brown’s anthology, Abadoo uses nonlinear science fiction narrative to imagine more socially just realities, brought to life through dance theater. The dance leaps back and forth through time, landing between the antebellum South of the mid-1800s to an unknown place at an unknown date in a foreseen future.

Following sold out performances of its premier at The Clarice in 2015, an excerpt from the work won the Audience Choice Award at the Maryland/Virginia/Washington DC’s 33rd Annual Choreographer’s Showcase in 2016, and featured as a top pick for the best dance performances of 2017 in the DC area, OBROH has been praised for its use of community and audience engagement, inviting the entire audience on stage for the first act of the performance. The piece will feature VCU Dance students and Abadoo’s Richmond partners/collaborators from local organizations that advance the progress of African American women and girls.

The VCU iCubed Racial Equity, Arts and Culture Transdisciplinary Core fosters critical dialogue about and develops mechanisms for advancing the fair treatment of people of all races in and through arts and culture. The team’s work includes fairness in opportunities (e.g., educational, financial, professional, etc.) among artists and cultural producers and organizations, and fairness in opportunities for the public to engage in arts and cultural activities that they have reason to value and/or that has potential to create social change.

MK Abadoo’s Octavia’s Brood: Riding the Ox Home is the sixth event of the VCU Dance 2017-2018 Season. The presenting program of VCU Dance is committed to building and engaging dance audiences in the University and Richmond community while providing opportunities for artists to present and create work.

Funding for the 2017-2018 season is graciously provided in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Recognized by professional dancers and choreographers as “a place where things are happening,” Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography offers a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere where students prepare for careers in dance.

To learn more about our VCU Dance 2017-2018 Season, please visit: arts.vcu.edu/dance



 Cinematheque Presents,”The Wind Journeys”

March 27th, 2018

Admission: Free and open to the public

Directed by Ciro Guerra

Run time: 120 min

IMDb: “For most of his life, Ignacio Carrillo traveled the villages of northern Colombia, playing traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. He eventually married and settled in a small town, leaving the nomadic life behind. But after the traumatic death of his wife, he vows to never play the accursed accordion again, and embarks on one last journey to return the instrument to its rightful owner. On the way, Ignacio is followed by Fermín, a spirited teenager determined to become his apprentice. Tired of loneliness, Ignacio accepts the young man as his pupil and together they traverse the vast Colombian terrain, discovering the musical diversity of Caribbean culture. Hardened by a life of solitude, Ignacio tries to discourage Fermín from following in his footsteps, but destiny has different plans for them.”

For more information about the VCUarts Cinematheque Program, please visit here.



VCUarts Interior Design Department Presents Kevin Kling

March 29th, 2018 at 7pm-10pm

Admission:Free and open to attend 

For more information about VCUarts Interior Design, please visit here.


The Distinguished Speaker Series in Psychology presents

Substance Use and Mental Health Among Young Adults:

Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities

March 30th, 2018 at 12pm-1:15pm

Admission: Free and open the public

There are numerous new challenges facing young adults — from increased availability of a wide array of psychoactive substances (e.g., more potent forms of marijuana, prescription drugs, energy drinks) to living in a 24/7 online world. What are the resulting health impacts on young adults? What questions need to be answered by rigorous research? And how can we ensure the evidence we generate from research has an impact on public understanding of these emerging health issues? This presentation will focus on answering these questions and generate ongoing dialogue among researchers, practitioners and educators.

A lunch of sandwiches and chips will be provided following the presentation.

Speaker bio:

Please join us in welcoming Amelia Arria, Ph.D., to Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Arria is currently the director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. Her NIH-funded longitudinal prospective study of health-risk behaviors among college students has increased our understanding of mental health needs of young adults and the risk factors and consequences of substance use among college students. Currently, a main focus of her work is on the impacts of untreated mental health conditions and substance use on human capital, as measured by academic achievement, employment and health status. She is passionate about translating research findings for parents, policy makers and educational professionals. She has a leadership role in the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems, a policy initiative that brings together 14 universities in the state of Maryland to address the problem of excessive alcohol consumption and related consequences on their campuses and in their communities. She has authored more than 160 scientific peer-reviewed publications, numerous white papers and book chapters, and is the recipient of several major grant awards from foundations, and state and federal agencies. She received her training at Cornell University, the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

The event will be live streamed at the following URL: https://mssvideo.vcu.edu/psych. For viewers who require captioning, the video will be posted at the following site with captions enabled within a week or two following the event: https://psychology.vcu.edu/about/events/dss/.



 VCU Dance Presents, “Spring Senior Project Concert”

April 19th, 20th and 21st, 2018 at 8pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

Tickets go live Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at 8:00am via vcudance.showclix.com.

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



 Cinematheque Presents,”Gleaners and I”

April 24th, 2018

Admission: Free and open to the public

Directed by Agnès Varda

Run time: 82 min

IMDb: “An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life as lived by the country’s poor and its provident, as well as by the film’s own director, Agnes Varda. The aesthetic, political and moral point of departure for Varda are gleaners, those individuals who pick at already-reaped fields for the odd potato, the leftover turnip.”

For more information about the VCUarts Cinematheque Program, please visit here.