In the weeks and months to come, there will be a variety of movies and programming at the historic Ashland Theater. The Town of Ashland now owns the theater, as a result of it generously being donated by Jean and A.D. Whittaker, and plans are afoot to restore this beautiful theater. While those plans are taking shape, a local group of volunteers are running the theater and helping create some energy and support for this important project.



Music & a Movie: The Rock and Roll Jubilee and “Teenagers from Outer Space”

On July 30 at 7 pm, dig out those poodle skirts and step back in time – It’s The Rock and Roll Jubilee in concert
and a showing of the film, Teenagers from Outer Space!!
12654331_1114134241931241_8803139950094096362_nJourney back to 1959 to be a part of the studio audience for a live broadcast on WJKS radio… This best selling theatrical production has been selling out shows in theaters around Virginia and stars Craig Evans, Brad Tucker, George Garrett, Brian Sulser, Jim Wark and BJ Kocen. Featuring vintage equipment and period-style clothing, they play the music of the “Titans of Teen Town” — Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers.
We are pleased to present a portion of their best selling show inteenagers-from-outer-space conjunction with the 50’s science fiction classic, Teenagers from Outer Space.  
Released in 1959, the film tells the story of a young alien (David Love) who falls for a pretty teenage Earth girl (Dawn Anderson). They then team up to try to stop the plans of his invading cohorts, who intend to use Earth as a food-breeding ground for giant lobsters from their planet. The invaders, who arrive in a flying saucer, carry deadly ray guns that turn Earth-people into skeletons. Oh no!!

We invite you to come in costume – appropriate dress for a 50’s sock hop or as the scariest alien invaders from 1959- win a pair of movie tickets for the best costume!!

Tickets for this special fundraiser are $15



Film Fundraiser for the Patrick Henry High School Marching Band : “Rudy”

12208408_925966137482456_1146905071787651685_nLet’s pack the house to support The Patrick Henry High School Marching Band!

The Ashland Theater and The PHHS Band Boosters kick off the football season with a showing of Rudy, the 1993 American biographical sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame despite significant obstacles. In 2005, Rudy was named one of the best 25 sports movies of the previous 25 years in two polls by ESPN  and was ranked the 54th-most inspiring film of all time in the “AFI 100 Years” series.

watch a trailer: click here!


  • Ticket sales for this event will be donated to The PHHS Band Boosters”


Your Summer Reading List!

Summer and Book ClubThe Ashland Theater Presents the Summer Book & Movie Club!

The Ashland Theater announces a summer program of reading, films, and discussion that will be known as the Summer Book & Movie Club. With the support of the Ashland branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library and Bell, Book & Candle bookstore, the Summer Book & Movie Club program will pair three books with the films created from the books. Each film presentation at the Ashland Theater will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session of both the book and movie.

This innovative new programming will accomplish three objectives:

1. The Summer Book & Movie Club provides a means of engaging the community and drawing it closer through the process of reading, viewing, and talking about a good book.

2. We encourage young people to spend time over the summer reading and then joining in the viewing of the movie and the subsequent discussion.

3. Finally, this summer program will be pre-cursor for a permanent program of book/film events when the Ashland Theater reopens in 2017.


The three book/film combinations are:

• The Body (1982), a “coming-of-age” novella by Steven King; film renamed Stand by Me

Film viewing & discussion: Saturday, July 23, 7PM

• Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (1964), a children’s book (and morality tale) by Roald Dahl; film renamed Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Film viewing & discussion: Saturday, August 27, 3PM

• Shoeless Joe (1982), a novel by W. P. Kinsella; movie with Kevin Costner renamed Field of Dreams

Film viewing & discussion: Friday, September 16, 7PM

The three books may be obtained at Bell, Book & Candle located at 106 1/2 S. Railroad Avenue, on the tracks in Ashland. We encourage everyone to obtain, read, and share these books and then join us for the screening and lively discussion to follow. Please feel free to share the attached flier and jpeg on social media, etc. to help spread the word in our community about this exciting opportunity.



Do you LOVE Country Music??

13716157_1365536930128096_4708099056733829441_nJoin us for Big John Trimble’s East Coast Opry Broadcast Show on Sunday, August 13 at 3 PM! The show will feature the music of Patsy & The Country Classics, Born Again Country, & Ronnie Williams and The Carter Family Sound. Tickets are available across from the Theater at MR John’s Emporium at 202A England Street!

Ronnie Williams and The Carter Family Sound with The Hendersons

Ronny-Williams_Ash-Theater-photo-1The Ashland Theater proudly welcomes the return of Ronnie Williams on September 2, 2016 at 8 pm!

The show will honor the music and legacy of The Carter Family, whose famous Bristol recording sessions of 1927 are often cited as the birth of country music. Local Carter Family devotee, Ronnie Williams will be singing with The Henderson Family.

Williams has followed the Carter Family his entire life, and became friends with Mother Maybelle before she passed away in 1978 as well as her daughters, Helen, Anita and June Carter Cash and son-in-law Johnny Cash. Williams has played many times at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons and is one of the foremost authorities on the Carter Family.

Tickets are $12