Prince Tribute


We are no longer taking online reservations for the 7 pm or 9:15 pm shows. There may be a handful of tickets left at the door. Thank you, everyone!

If you always wanted to see the film “Purple Rain” on the big screen, the Ashland Theater will give the dearly beloved a chance to gather together to watch it, at 7 p.m., on Saturday, April 23.

“A group of volunteers scrambled to get a copy of the movie and get permission to show it,” said theater contact Kay Landry; adding that “Purple Rain” is her favorite song and “yes” she will be there to watch the movie.

The movie stars Prince as The Kid, in a seemingly autobiographical tale of a young musician trying to contend with a rival singer in the thriving Minneapolis club scene.

The movie released in 1984, shortly after Prince’s 1982 album,”1999″ thrust him into the spotlight, where he remained.

His androgynous look and mastery of the guitar drew comparisons to both Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix, and Hollywood was quick to cast him in the movie. He won an Oscar for “Purple Rain” in the category Best Music: Original Song Score.

Relive the 80s all over again by catching the film, rated 6.3 stars out of 10 on IMDB, on Saturday.

The Ashland Theater, a landmark theater in the process of being restored, can seat 330 people. They hold fundraisers to raise cash to refurbish the building. They hope to close the doors in October and work on the building over the winter, for a spring 2017 opening.

Tickets are free and can be picked up the day of the screening, at 6 p.m. on Saturday.


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Spread the word and get your tickets now for this family friendly matinee! Doors to the theater open at 2pm  and we’ll start with previews at 2:30pm and showtime is at 3pm.


Click HERE to buy your tickets on-line.

Enjoy the trailer …

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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.



205 England Street

Ashland, VA 23005