Your Summer Reading List!

Summer and Book ClubThe Ashland Theater Continues with the Summer Book & Movie Club: Sugar Fix Bakery Sponsors Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory!! Watch for special treats during this family event, thanks to Sugar Fix!

sugar-fix-bakery-logoThe Ashland Theater summer program of reading, film, and discussion continues with our second event  on Saturday afternoon, August 27th at 3 PM.

With the support of the Ashland branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library and Bell, Book & Candle bookstore, the Summer Book & Movie Club program pairs three books with the films created from the books. Each film presentation at the Ashland Theater is followed by a discussion and Q&A session of both the book and movie.

2f83c22802df521e001b5a86f148e581The next 2 book/film combinations are:

• 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

watch the trailer for Willy Wonka: click here!

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

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



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 7 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



Darrell Scott!

darrell-scott_hi-res_1The Ashland Theater is honored to present one of the finest and most well respected musician/songwriters in Americana music today! September 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm.

Darrell Scott is a Grammy-nominated performer and recording artist, a highly demanded multi-instrumentalist (he plays 13 instruments!), and an ASCAP songwriter of the year. Darrell delivers his soulful performances in solo, duo, trio, band, and string quintet configurations, all equally dynamic and powerful. Darrell will be touring in 2016 in support of his new CD “Couchville Sessions.” Songwriting credits include the Grammy Award winning “Long Time Gone” and “Heartbreak Town.” When not on tour with his own shows, Darrell plays in Robert Plant’s Band of Joy.

Career Highlights:

Grammy Nomination for Best Country Song – “Long Time Gone” Dixie Chicks 2003
Grammy Nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance – “The Second Mouse” 2001
Americana 2007 Song of the Year – “Hank Williams’ Ghost”
Rolling Stone Magazine listed Theatre of the Unheard as one of the 2003 Critics Top Albums
ASCAP Songwriter of the Year 2002
NSAI Songwriter of the Year 2001

Songs recorded by over 70 artists including: Dixie Chicks, Keb Mo, Faith Hill, Guy Clark, Sam Bush, Maura O’Connell, Kathy Mattea, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw …

Recorded With: Steve Earle, Kate Rusby, Joan Baez, Jim Lauderdale, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jon Pousette-Dart, Ginny Hawker, Malcolm Holcombe, John McCusker, Allison Moorer, Jessie Alexander, Randy Travis…

Production:Guy Clark, Susan Werner, Wayne Scott

read and listen to Darrell Scott:

Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the show (so buy early!!)   purchase


Classic Cartoon Afternoon – September 10!

cartoonCartoons have been entertaining us for over a century. Come enjoy an afternoon of cartoons ranging from the silent antics of Felix the Cat to the heroics of Superman. Todd Munson and Jim Doering of Randolph-Macon College will provide commentary and live music.

Adults – $5

Children 12 and under – free!



unnamedDocumentary and Panel Discussion on Poverty in Ashland

Circles Ashland will host a documentary film presentation and panel discussion about poverty in our community on Friday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. at The Ashland Theater. The event will feature the Frontline documentary “Poor Kids.” A panel discussion will follow moderated by Circles Ashland Executive Directory, David Cooper. Panelist will be:

* Thad Williamson—Author of Making a Place for Community, formerly Director of the Richmond Wealth Building (anti-poverty) Initiative, and University of Richmond Professor

* Dr. Sarah Cribbs, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Randolph Macon College

* Jay Brown, Director, Division of Housing Services, Commonwealth Catholic Charities

* Rev. Ben Campbell, Author of Richmond’ Unhealed History, former Pastoral Director of Richmond Hill

* An Ashland Circle Leader who just completed training in the program

The one hour documentary will be shown from 6:30—7:30 p.m. with the panel discussion following from 7:45—8:30 p.m. Circles Ashland is a unique effort to address poverty in ways that are sustainable, long-term, and empowering for those in poverty, enabling them to take responsibility for their own success. Adults in the program receive training and support to become Circle Leaders who will guide their families out of poverty. The program is multi-generational as there is a child/youth program that occurs simultaneously during the adult program. While the program is new to the Ashland community, it has a proven track record nationally. Circles Leaders have earned an average of 37% more income after 6 months with the program, 50% more after one year, and 62% more after 18 months. To learn more about Circles Ashland, attend the film and panel discussion or visit

Posters to benefit the Ashland Theater

12919926_1155288681156981_6660352584731759548_nMany thanks to Duane Berger for allowing us to use his photograph to benefit the Ashland Theater!    By purchasing this poster you are giving a gift to the historic Ashland Theater.   Posters are available for purchase in the lobby at all of our events – Cost: $15.  You can order a poster – simply email

Donations Appreciated for the Ashland Theater!

The photo in this poster was created by professional photographer Duane Berger.  He has graciously allowed the Ashland Theater committee to use it for fundraising.   The poster is available for a donation of $15 or more!  Click HERE to make a donation on-line and email to arrange for pickup.  Posters are also available for purchase in the lobby during our events. Check our schedule often – we have performances until September 2016.  Thank you for supporting the historic Ashland Theater!
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Art Deco Society of Virginia Donates over $6K to the Ashland Theater

PRESS RELEASE April 4, 2016

Ashland, VA— As this year’s benefactor of the annual Jazz Age Preservation Ball, the Ashland Theater Foundation is proud to announce the donation of $6,270 from the Art Deco Society of Virginia.  In the photo below, Olivia Lloyd , president of the Art Deco Society of Richmond received an Ashland Theatre poster as a thank you for this generous donation.

Art Deco Society President Olivia Lloyd donates over $6K to the Ashland Theater

Ashland Theater Foundation Board Member Jen Chambers released this statement on behalf of the Foundation:  “This is a tremendous gift and we are so grateful to the Art Deco Society of Virginia for its support. Members of the Art Deco Society play a tremendous role throughout the Commonwealth in supporting preservation projects, and being their beneficiary this year just reinforces how important the Ashland Theater is to the region and the Art Deco movement. These funds will go directly to help with our restoration efforts.”

Each January, the Art Deco Society of Virginia hosts its annual Jazz Age Preservation Ball. This Roaring ’20s gala is designed to raise awareness and funds for Art Deco preservation projects in the Commonwealth. This year, the Ashland Theater, one of the most iconic structures in the Richmond metropolitan area, was named the Ball’s benefactor.

The Ball featured live music by Halley’s Hot Gumbo Swingtet, Charleston dance lessons, 50/50 raffle, a silent and live auction, and dancing. All proceeds from the Ball were donated to the Theater, including those from a replica Christmas ornament of the Theater which was raffled off as part of the live auction. Crafted by local Ashland artists Alvaro and Caroline Coronado, the original ornament hung on the Governor’s Christmas tree for the holiday season at the Executive Mansion.



Photo Above:  Ashland turnout at the Jazz Preservation Ball held on January 30, 2016.  Photo provided by Lynn Redmile

Donated to the Town of Ashland by A.D. and Jean Whittaker in 2013, the Ashland Theater largely sat vacant for the past couple of decades, and in 2012, Preservation Virginia named the Ashland Theater one of the most endangered historic sites in the state.  Since being donated to the Town of Ashland, a group of local residents have formed a community foundation in support of the Theater, and have held over 100 events with over 17,000 attendees. To find out more about the Theater, and to donate to the Foundation and see the upcoming Theater schedule, please visit


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.

Sign Up to Help at the Ashland Theater

Hello Friends of the Ashland Theater!  

Volunteer Jobs will be posted each week using a tool called VolunteerSpot.   This tool will help us keep track of our volunteer hours so that we can be eligible for grants and more!    See details by clicking the button below and thanks in advance for your help!

We currently have 93 Volunteers that have either signed up on line, called or have participated in meetings to say they will help with general operations, fundraising, graphic design, programming, food services, and/or construction.   Please know that new faces are always welcome – if you or someone you know is interested in helping feel free to email me Jennifer Chambers at or call 804-304-5588.  Thanks so much!


For all we’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.  Jobs will be posted each week.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-up on VolunteerSpot:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.

If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me, Jen Chambers 804-304-5588 and I can sign you up manually.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot