The Ashland Theatre was dedicated in 1948 in downtown Ashland, Virginia, with 333 seats and a single screen. The architecture and furnishings reflect the late Art Deco period. The theatre remained in operation until the late 1990s, and restoration work has been ongoing in recent years. For those who remember watching great old films here as a child, or campy b-movies as a college student, it’s time for a new generation of Ashland and Hanover residents to enjoy the cinema and other special performances in this wonderful, historic venue.
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.