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.


13 Annual Richmond Choreographer’s Showcase

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

Admission: $10-2

This year marks the 13th year for the Annual Richmond Choreographers’ Showcase. The Showcase aims to bring eclectic and engaging dance works from established choreographers from the Mid-Atlantic area. This years showcase is one not to be missed!

Participating Choreographers:

Annex Dance Company, Kristin Alexander (Charleston, SC)

Brother(hood) Dance! (Brooklyn, NY)

Moné Dance Company, Nakita Moné (Niagara Falls, NY)

Rain Ross Dance(Philadelphia, PA)

Johnnie Mercer and the Red Project (Richmond, VA)

Starr Foster Dance Project (Richmond, VA)

Admission to the Showcase is set at the low cost of $10 to encourage the general public to come out, experience and support the performing arts. Established and produced by Starr Foster Dance Project, it is our goal to recognize and promote other dance companies and expose them to the flourishing dance scene in Richmond.

For ticket inquiries, please call our box office M-F from 12-4pm or visit!


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.