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.


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


Cinamatheque Screening: “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” January 27, 2015 at 7pm

Admission: Free

Thai written drama film Uncle Boonmee recalls his past lives as he is on his death bed.


Deans A2ru Conference

January 30, 2015 at 4pm

Details: TBA

Cinamatheque Screening:  “Of Time and the City”

February 3, 2015 at 7pm

Admission: Free

Terence Davies recalls his life growing up in Liverpool, England in the 1950s and 1960s using newsreel and documentary footage.


Environmental Film Festival

February 5, 2015 at 6pm

Admission: Free Richmond















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.













Photography and Film Screening February 22, 2015 at 6pm Admission: Free Details: TBA

Cinematheque Screening: “Mean Streets”

February 24, 2015 at 7pm

Admission: Free

A slice of street life in Little Italy among lower echelon Mafiosos, unbalanced punks, and petty criminals. A small-time hood gets in over his head with a vicious loan shark. In an attempt to free himself from the dangers of his debt, he gets help from a friend who is also involved in criminal activities.


    Black History in the Making

February 26, 2015 at 6pm

Details: TBA

Cinematheque Screening: “Motion Picture Production in Virginia (Seminar)” March 3, 2015 at 7pm

Admission: Free

Cinematheque Screening: “Wild Grass”

March 17, 2015 at 7pm

Admission: Free

A wallet lost and found opens the door to romantic adventure. After examining the ID of its owner, it is not a simple matter for Georges to turn in to the police the red wallet he has found. Nor can Marguerite retrieve her wallet without being piqued with curiosity about the person who found it. As George and Marguerite navigate the social protocols of giving and acknowledging thanks, turbulence enters their everyday lives.


  13 Annual Richmond Choreographer’s Showcase

March 21, 2015 at 4pm and 8pm and March 22, 2015 at 2pm

Admission: TBA

For the last 12 years, the Annual Richmond Choreographers’ Showcase has provided an opportunity to emerging and established choreographers to premiere new and recent dance and film works within one program. Produced by Starr Foster Dance Project, the Showcase is presented with the sole mission to not only offer opportunities to choreographers, but to also bring the Richmond community together and celebrate dance and the performing arts.

Cinematheque Screening: ” Touch of Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie”

March 24, 2015 at 7pm

Admission: Free

A documentary which explores the connections among sound, rhythm, time, and the body by following percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who is nearly deaf.


    Chesterfield Dance Performance

March 28, 2015 at 7pm

Details: TBA

Cinematheque Screening: “House of Flying Daggers”

March 31, 2015 at 7pm

Admission: Free

Chinese director Zhang Yimou fuses a martial arts action-drama with a tragic romance in this elegant period piece.


  William Blake Lecture

April 1, 2015 at 7:30

Details: TBA

Scott McCloud comes to VCU

April 6, 2015 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

The cartoonist of The Sculptor and comics theoretician behind the groundbreaking Understanding Comics will present on the language of comic arts at the Grace Street Theater. There will also be a live Q and A moderated by comics historian Christopher Irving (Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics) afterwards.

This event is sponsored by VCU School of the Arts, VCU Libraries, the Department of Kinetic Imaging, and the Department of Communication Arts.













Cinematheque Screening: “Latcho Drom”

April 7, 2015 at 7pm

Admission: Free

Latcho Drom (“safe journey”) is a 1993 French documentary film about the Romani people’s journey from north-west India to Spain, consisting primarily of music.


  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.

Cinematheque Screening: ” Fort Bliss”

April 21, 2015 at 7pm

Admission: Free

After returning home from an extended tour in Afghanistan, a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother struggles to rebuild her relationship with her young son.


    Freshman Rep

April 29, 2015 at 7pm

Details: TBA

Cinematheque Screening: “Only Lovers Left Alive”

May 5, 2015 at 7pm Admission:Free

A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance – which has already endured several centuries – is disrupted by the arrival of uncontrollable younger sister.