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.



February 4th, 5th & 6th, 2016 at 8pm and Saturday 2pm matinee

Admission: Tickets – $20/$15 students

Tickets are available at www.showclix.com

Photo by Sarah FergusonVirginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance & Choreography, in honor of its 35th anniversary season, is pleased to present VCU Dance NOW, a concert of new work by faculty and students, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 4, 5 & 6 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, February 6 at 2:00 pm at the Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA. Tickets are $20/$15 students with valid I.D. Group discounts available. Visit showclix.com or call our Grace Street Theater box office at 804-828-2020, Monday-Friday, 12-4pm.

This year, VCU Dance NOW features new work by faculty members Courtney Harris, Eric Rivera, Dr. Gaynell Sherrod, and Autumn Proctor Waddell. Both department chair Dr. Sherrod and Assistant Professor Rivera present their choreographic work at VCU Dance for the first time. Faculty works explore diverse themes of gratitude, the creation of group identity, caricatures of masculinity, and emotional vulnerability.

In addition to faculty work, this year’s Dance NOW program includes four works by current dance majors, plus a screening of a student’s video dance work in the theater lobby. Student works were selected by an adjudication panel composed of faculty and students, and represent an engaging range of creative voices from within the Dance major.

For more information about the Virginia Commonwealth University Dance & Choreography Department, please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/dance

For more information about the VCU Grace Street Theater, please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/gracestreet/


Cinematheque Presents, “Boyz in the Hood” (1991)

February 9th, 2016 @ 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public









Directed & Written by John Singleton

Film Length: 112 min

Film Description:

“Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.” -IMDb




National Association of School of Art and Design Forum

February 15th, 2016 @ 11:30am


Cinematheque Presents, “King of Devil’s Island” (2010)

February 16th, 2016 @ 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public











Directed by: Marius Holst

Written by: Mette M. Bolstad (story), Lars Saabye Christensen (story), Dennis Magnusson (screenplay), Eric Schmid (screenplay)

Film Length: 116 min

Film Description

“Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?” -IMDb




The Cultural Intimacy Project, Flash and Torobaka

February 21st-24th, 2016








Co-presented by VCUarts and The Modlin Center for the Arts

Admission: Tickets – $38-5, with senior, student and group discounts available on sales through the Modlin Center for the Arts, http://modlin.richmond.edu/events/modlin-arts-presents/cultural-intimacy-in-motion.html

Sunday, February 21st, 2pm & Monday, February 22nd at 7:30pm – FLASH

Location: Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street

Tuesday, February 23rd, 7:30pm – Artist Panel Discussion

Location: Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street

Wednesday, February 24th, 7:30pm – Torobaka

**Location: Carpenter Theater, Richmond CenterStage, 600 East Grace Street**

Cultural Intimacy In Motion is an intersection of four artists that explodes conventional notions of cross-cultural dialogue. VCUarts, in partnership with the Modlin Center for the Arts, presents two collaborative dance performances and an in-depth discussion with the artists who made them. Drawing from Japanese Butoh traditions with a fusion of contemporary ideas, Michael Sakamoto and beloved hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris conceived Flash as a conversation between their respective aesthetics (butoh and hip-hop) and cultural backgrounds (Japanese-American and African American). Torobaka unites classical Indian Kathak with Spanish Flamenco in a duet performed to live music by the acclaimed London choreographer Akram Khan, and Sevillian-born Israel Galván. Torobaka is a thrilling stylistic dialogue. Inspired by the rhythmic roots of civilization and the sacred relationship between the hunter and animal, the performers use innovative choreography, exquisite technique, and contemporary storytelling to create a distinctly new form of dance. Israel Galván has been called “revolutionary,” “avant-garde,” and simply “a genius.” Known for his complex and rapid-fire footwork punctuated by moments of stillness and silence, Galván dances flamenco on the cutting edge.

Presented to diverse audiences in the Mid-Atlantic region, portions of this culturally dynamic project will also be distributed nationally via live stream and/or archived high-definition broadcast.


Afrikana Film Festival Presents Evening with an Icon:

Sonia Sanchez & RVA Premiere of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

February 27th, 2016 @ 7pm (Snow Date from 1/23/16)

Admission: $15 each or  2 for $25 in advance / $20 each at the door

Tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afrikana-film-festival-presents-evening-with-an-icon-sonia-sanchez-rva-premiere-of-baddddd-sonia-tickets-20083870397

12400705_935270579897475_6747279542289033454_nJoin the Afrikana Independent Film Festival as they present the RVA premiere of the documentary, BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez. The first in their Evening with an Icon series, poet, author, activist and cultural icon, Sonia Sanchez will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. In BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, Sanchez’s life unfolds in a documentary rich with readings and jazz-accompanied performances of her work. With appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Jessica Care Moore, Ruby Dee Yasiin Bey, Ayana Mathis, IMANI UZURI and Bryonn Bain, the documentary examines Sanchez’s contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half century.

For morning information about the Afrikana Independent Film Festival, please visit: http://www.afrikanafilmfestival.org/



Cinematheque Presents, “My Winnipeg”(2008)

March 1st, 2016 @ 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public











Directed by: Guy Maddin

Written by: Guy Maddin, George Toles (dialogue writer)

Film Length: 80 min

Film Description:

“Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin’s home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.” -IMDb





Cinematheque Presents, “Counting”(2015)

March 15th, 2016 @ 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public









Directed and Written by: Jem Cohen

Film Length: 111 min.

Film Description:

“In fifteen linked chapters shot in locations ranging from Moscow to New York to Istanbul, Counting merges city symphony, diary film, and personal/political essay to create a vivid portrait of contemporary life.” – Rotten Tomatoes




Chesterfield Dance Performance

March 19th, 2016 at 7pm

Information: TBA


Cinematheque Presents, “Troubled Water”

March 22nd, 2016 @ 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public











Directed by: Erik Poppe

Written by: Harald Rosenlow-Eeg

Film Length: 115 min.

Film Description:

“A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He struggles to build a new life, but his past is uncovered.” -IMDb




Eyeworks Film Festival

March 24th, 2016  at 6pm

Information: TBA


VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque + French Film Festival Presents “Out”

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28th, 29th & 30th, 2016 @ 7pm

Information: TBA


14th Annual Choreographers Showcase

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at 4pm & 8pm

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at 2pm

Information: TBA


Cinematheque Presents, “The Man from London” (2007)

April 5th, 2016 @ 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public











Directed by: Bela Tarr & Agne Hranitzky

Written by: Georges Simenon (novel), Bela Tarr (screenplay), & Laszlo Krasnahorkai (screenplay)

Film Length: 139 min.

Film Description:

“A switchman at a seaside railway witnesses a murder but does not report it after he finds a suitcase full of money at the scene of the crime.” -IMDb




William E. and Miriam S. Blake Lecture: Speaker – Dr. Terryl Givens

April 6th, 2016 at 7:30pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“The lecture honors William E. and Miriam S. Blake and is presented annually by a renowned scholar. The lecture is supported by an endowed fund established by family, friends, colleagues,and those who enjoyed the History of Christianity course which Professor Blake initiated at VCU. 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of this lecture series.

The 2016 lecture is scheduled for April 6th at 7:30 PM in the Grace Street Theater. The speaker is Dr. Terryl Givens (University of Richmond), and the topic will be the history of Mormonism.

For more information, please contact the Dr. Andrew Crislip (acrislip@vcu.edu or 804-828-0155), the History Department’s Blake Chair in the History of Christianity.”


VCU Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and Department of African American Studies – Film Screening & Q&A

April 7th, 2016 @ 5:30pm

“Adina Howard 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation” – a film directed by Gezus Zaire (Rebellife Media).  Documentary Screening followed by a Q & A session with the director.

Armed with a provocative album cover that featured her posterior posing in front of a car,   along with numerous songs and music videos that further demonstrated her appetite for sexual satisfaction, Adina Howard became one of late nineties’s most sought after, controversial and polarizing musical talents.  Yet, despite her fame and notoriety, within a relatively short amount of time, Adina Howard became a “where are they now” topic as the tumultuous politics of show business placed her     sophomore album on the shelf and abruptly halted a promising career. “Adina Howard 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation,” gives an inside look of how boldness, sex appeal and stardom affected the life of an R&B sensation.  (Co-sponsored by AFAM and GSWS)


Cinematheque Presents, “Yeelen” (1987)

April 12th, 2016 @ 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public










Directed and Screenplay by: Souleymane Cisse

Film Length: 106 min.

Film Description:

“In the 13th century, Niankoro (Issiaka Kane) is born to the shaman Soma (Niamanto Sanogo), who fears his offspring’s magical powers. Niankoro flees with his mother (Soumba Traore) and masters his skills while staying ahead of his father’s attempts to track him down. Setting off on a journey to ask his uncle, Djigui Diarra (Ismaila Sarr), for advice, Niankoro uses his abilities to help tribal king Rouma Boll (Balla Moussa Keita) defeat a neighboring tribe, thereby earning the king’s friendship.” -IMDb




VCU Dance & Choreography Department: Spring Senior Project

Thursday – Saturday April 21, 22, & 23, 2016 at 8pm

Admission: Tickets $15/$10 students (Tickets become available 4.1.16)

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

For ticket inquiries, please visit www.showclix.com or call our box office M-F 12-4pm at 804-828-2020.


Cinematheque Presents, “Gomarrah” (2008)

April 26th, 2016 @ 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public











Directed by: Matteo Garrone

Written by: Roberto Saviano (book)

Screenplay by: Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso, and Roberto Saviano

Film Length: 137 min.

Film Description:

“An inside look at Italy’s modern crime families.” – IMDb