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

THE GRACE STREET THEATER

2017-2018 SCHEDULE

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “ANOTHER YEAR”

August 29th, 2017

7:00 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“A look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends.” -imDb

Directed by Mike Leigh

Run Time: 2 hr 9 min

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “SON OF SAUL”

September 5th, 2017

7:00 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son.” -imDb

Directed by Nemes László

Run Time: 1 hr 47 min

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “THE SILENCE”

September 12th, 2017

7:00 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.” -imDb

Directed by Baran bo Odar

Run Time: 1 hr 58 min

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “MOZART’S SISTER”

September 19th, 2017

7:00 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“A reimagined account of the early life of Maria Anna ‘Nannerl’ Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang, and a musical prodigy in her own right.” -imDb

Directed by René Féret

Run Time: 2 hr

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS “DANCE ON CAMERA-FILM SCREENING”

Monday, September 25th, 2017

8:00 pm

$8/$5 students

An intriguing evening of dance based films combining the communication arts, film, choreography, and a number of other art forms.

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “LORNA’S SILENCE”

September 26th, 2017

7:00 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“Sokol and Lorna, two Albanian emigrants in Belgium, dream of leaving their dreary jobs to set up a snack bar. They need money, and a permanent resident status. Claudy is a junkie – he needs money to satisfy his addiction. Andrei, the cigarette smuggler, must hold up for a while outside Russia; he has loads of money. Fabio, the Italian taxi driver and aspiring gang boss, elaborates a clever scheme: he will pay Claudy to marry Lorna so that she acquires a Belgian citizenship. Then she is to re-marry Andrei, who will in this way obtain the coveted EU passport – and pay a hefty price to Fabio and Lorna for the service. Like all plans, this one will not survive the contact with reality.” -imDb

Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

Run Time: 1 hr 45 min

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “DEKALOG”

October 14th, 2017

11:00 am

Admission: Free and open to the public

“Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.” -imDb

Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski

Run Time: 9 hr 32 min

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “TEDDY BEAR”

October 24th, 2017

7:00 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“Dennis, a painfully shy 38-year-old bodybuilder who lives with his mother, sets off to Thailand in search of love.” -imDb

Directed by Mads Matthiesen

Run Time: 1 hr 32 min

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VCU DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE  

October 26th, 2017

4:00 pm

More Details Coming Soon!

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “DON’T COME KNOCKING”

November 7th, 2017

7:00 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“An aging cowboy movie star deserts a film set and tries to reconnect with his mother whom he hasn’t seen in 30 years only to learn that he has a child he never knew about.” -imDb

Directed by Wim Wenders

Run Time: 2 hr 2 min

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS “FALL SENIOR PROJECT CONCERT”

Part II: November 16-18, 2017

8:00 pm

Tickets $15/$10 students

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

Details TBA.

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “TAKE SHELTER”

November 28th, 2017

7:00 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.” -imDb

Directed by Jeff Nichols

Run Time: 2 hr

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “FROZEN RIVER”

December 5th, 2017

7:00 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be earning minimum wage. Two women – one white, one Mohawk, both single mothers faced with desperate circumstances – are drawn into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. Ray and Lila – and a New York State Trooper as opponent in an evolving cat-and-mouse game.” -imDb

Directed by Courtney Hunt

Run Time: 1 hr 37 min

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SCHOOL OF BHARATANATYAM DANCE SCHOOL RECITAL

December 9th, 2017

2:00 pm

More Details Coming Soon!

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS “VCU DANCE NOW”

February 8-10th, 2018

8:00 pm plus 2:00 pm matinee

$15/$10 students

For 2018, this concert features new works by VCU Dance students, faculty members, and guest artists, all performed by VCU Dance majors. Featuring new work by visiting faculty artists Ching-I Chang Bigelow and André Zachery, and guest artist Helen Simoneau.

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS

“NEW WORK BY VCU’S iCubed FELLOW MEGHAN ABADOO”

March 23rd & 24th, 2018

8:00 pm

$15/$10 students

VCU iCubed builds a transdisciplinary community of scholars who provide innovative solutions to challenges in urban environments.

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS “SPRING SENIOR PROJECT CONCERT”

April 19th-21st, 2018

$15/$10 students

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

Details TBA.

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