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.



‘Hop’ showing April 3rd, Friday 5pm Sponsored by Capital One

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(Rated PG, 91 Minutes)
E.B., the Easter Bunny’s teenage son, heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band. In LA, he’s taken in by Fred after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car.

Sponsored by Capital One.   This movie will benefit Cub Scout Pack 505.  HOP Cub Scout Pack 505


Snow White and the Super Dwarves showing Sat April 11th & Sun April 12th

zzzzzzzzzSnow White and The Super DwarfsThe Whistle Stop Theatre Company invites you to our new home at the Ashland Theater on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 & 12 at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm each day, for SNOW WHITE and the SUPER DWARVES!  This original musical, written by Louise Keeton and composed by Samuel Aaron, promises laughs and excitement for boys, girls, grandparents, and superheros! Tickets are on sale now for $10.  Space is limited, so make your reservation right away at whistlestoptheatre@gmail.com (special discounts for groups.)   Visit www.whistlestoptheatre.weebly.com for more details!

Ashland Film Club Essay Contests -Win $50 B&N Gift Card!

The Ashland Theater located at 205 England St. has reopened and will be showing four classic award winning films as part of the Ashland Film Club series on Sunday afternoons at 4:30pm on Feb 1, Feb 15, Mar 1 (RESCHEDULED FOR Mar 22nd), and Mar 15th.   Films include:  ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’, ‘The Searchers’, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, and ‘The Sting’.  Following each film, Jim Doering, a member of the Randolph-Macon Film Studies group will provide insightful discussion about the film and musical score.  This short discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.  We hope that you and your students can enjoy this exploration of film & music together and perhaps this experience can be used for discussion in the classroom or to use as you deem appropriate for your curriculum.

As an incentive we are offering  essay contests to encourage your students to actively participate in critiquing each film.  The winner of each contest will receive a $50.00 Gift Certificate from Barnes & Noble, provided by Points of Excellence.   Essays will be reviewed by the Ashland Film Committee and the winners will be announced by April 1, 2015.   For each contest entry, the essay must be received within two weeks of reviewing the films (See attached essay contest questions for each film.  Due dates for essay contests 1-4 are due 2/15; 3/1; 3/30 & 4/15 respectively). Teachers may submit up to two essays for each film and may mail to Ashland Film Club Awards Committee  P.O. Box 33  Ashland, VA 23005.  Teachers may also email the essay responses to the theater committee at cotutheater@gmail.com.  Approval to publish essay winners will be required by both the parents and students.    Questions?  Please call Ragan Phillips, Ashland Film Committee Chairman at 804-798-3429.

The Ashland Film Club offers FREE ADMISSION  teachers and students to attend each film.    We would like as many students to view these quality films as possible.  We look forward to seeing you and your students at the historic Ashland Theater.

Brought to you by:

Ashland Main Street Association

Ashland Community Theater Foundation

Randolph-Macon College

Essay Contest #1 – Click here for “Yankee Doodle Dandy”  Response Due By Feb. 15, 2015.

Essay Contest #2 – Click here for ‘The Searchers’ Response Due by Mar. 1, 2015.

Essay Contest # 3 – Click here for ‘The Sting‘ Response Due by Mar. 30, 2015

Essay Contest #4 – Click here for ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Response Due by Apr 1, 2015

Gift the Gift of Movies!


Give the Gift of Movies! Purchase a Town Gift Certificate.

Give the Gift of Movies! Purchase a Town Gift Certificate.

Ashland Town Gift Certificates can now be used at the Ashland Theater!   They work just like cash.   Simply present the town certificate at the Movie Box Office window.   Tickets for movies are $5.00 each.   Purchase any amount and this can be used at other local businesses as well.   The town does a wonderful job in printing your certificate on a card that makes a perfect present!  Town Hall is open from 8:30 am – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday.  Click HERE for more details.

For any questions, please call 804-798-1073.