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

2018 SPRING SEASON

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RVA Environmental Film Festival Presents, “Submitted Films” 

February 12th, 2018 at 6:30pm-9:30pm 

Admission: Free and open to the public

For more information about the RVA Environmental Film Festival, please visit here.

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 Cinematheque Presents,”Women Without Men”

February 13th, 2018 at 7 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

Directed by Shirin Neshat & Shoja Azari

Run time: 95 min

IMDb: “Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953 CIA-backed coup d’état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.”

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

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VCUarts Graphic Design Objects + Methods Lecture with Una Lee

February 15th, 2018 at 4pm-5:30pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

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

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RVA Environmental Film Festival Presents, “The Nuclear Waste Problem” & “The New Fire” with speakers Director D. Shumaker and Sama Bilbao y Leon, Director of VCU Nuclear Engineering Program

February 15th, 2018 at 6:30pm-9:30pm 

Admission: Free and open to the public

For more information about the RVA Environmental Film Festival, please visit here.

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VCUarts and School of Engineering Presents, “Bombshell” Film Screening

February 20th, 2018 at 3pm-5pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

For more information about the VCU School of Engineering, please visit here.

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 Cinematheque Presents,”Black Power Mixtape”

February 20th, 2018 at 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

Directed by Göran Olsson (as Göran Hugo Olsson)

Run time: 100 min

IMDb: “Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker.”

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

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VCUarts Research Institute Guest Lecture

February 22nd, 2018 at 5:30pm-7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

For more information about the VCUarts Research Institute, please visit here.

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Nrita Niketan – School of Bharatanatyam Recital

February 24th, 2018 at 2pm-4pm

Admission:Tickets are available through the School of 
Bharatanatyam and at the door the day of the event. Tickets are not available through The Grace Street Theater Box Office.

For more information about the the School of 
Bharatanatyam, please visit here.

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 Cinematheque Presents,”Frances Ha”

February 27th, 2018

Admission: Free and open to the public

Directed by Noah Baumbach

Run time: 86 min

IMDb: “Frances lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she’s not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness.”

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

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 Cinematheque Presents,”Touki Bouki”

March 13th, 2018

Admission: Free and open to the public

Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty

Run time: 85 min

IMDb: “Mory, a cowherd who rides a motorcycle mounted with a cow’s skull, and Anta, a university student, have met in Dakar, Senegal’s capital. Alienated and disaffected with Senegal and Africa, they long to go to Paris and work up different con schemes to raise the money. Mory steals clothing and money from a wealthy gay man who had brought him home, and he and Anta book passage on a ship to France.”

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

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25th Anniversary James River Film Festival Presents Der Golem w/ Guitarist Gary Lucas

March 15th, 2018 at 8pm-10:30pm

Admission:Tickets to be available soon! Tickets will available through the James River Film Festival and at the door the day of the event. Tickets are not available through The Grace Street Theater Box Office.

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

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25th Anniversary James River Film Festival Presents Certain Women w/ Director Kelly Reichardt

March 17th, 2018 at 8pm-10:30pm

Admission:Tickets to be available soon! Tickets will available through the James River Film Festival and at the door the day of the event. Tickets are not available through The Grace Street Theater Box Office.

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

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 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.

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 VCU Dance Presents,

“New Work by VCU’s iCubed Fellow Meghan Abadoo

March 23rd & 24th, 2018

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

Admission: $15/$10 students

Tickets go live Friday March 2nd, 2018 at 8:00am via www.showclix.com.

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

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 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.

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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.

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 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 www.showclix.com.

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

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 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.

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