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.



Character Matters II – Presented by the Students of Hanover Academy

Join the Students of Hanover Academy for their presentation of “Character Matters” on June 2, 2016 at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available by calling the school at 798-8413!c4945d8d-66da-4729-98fb-f85489a29f8c

Randy Wright – I’m Running For President, Too: Better answers to the tough questions Americans are asking.

6944288Join us on Friday, June 3rd, at 7 pm! Beloved teacher at Liberty Middle school, Randy Wright examines his new book “I’m Running For President, Too” and why he is running as a write-in candidate for president, offering real reforms to the election process, unravelling the Second Amendment conundrum, offering overdue Constitutional amendments, and opening a dialogue about diversity in this evening full of  humor, insight, and fun.

Randy Wright, M.Ed., has been a civics teacher at Liberty Middle School in Hanover County, Virginia for 25 years.  He has been selected by the students as an “Honored Educator” eleven different years.  He received an R.E.B. Award for teaching excellence, was selected by Richmond Magazine as one of Richmond’s top teachers and was commended by the Virginia House of Delegates for “creativity, vision and leadership.”

In in 1997, he originated the Liberty Bill which would require an outline of the U.S. Constitution, including the Preamble, the seven Articles, and the 27 Amendments to be superimposed on the back of one-dollar bills.  The Liberty Bill, has been introduced in a number of Congresses and his students testified before the House of Representatives’ subcommittee on its behalf.

In 2014, he founded Teaching Tours, a nonprofit which provided kids in need with free, educational, small group, teacher-led field trips to the D.C. monuments and a college campus.  Teaching Tours has become part of a larger nonprofit in Richmond, Virginia. (www.teachingtours.org)

Randy lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, and together they raised three children.

You will laugh, cry, and ultimately ponder!

I’m Running for President Too is now available on Kindle and Amazon Books!
Click here to buy the book!

Alan Rickman/David Bowie Tribute Weekend at The Ashland Theater!

dieOn the heels of the successful Prince tribute, the Ashland Theater will once again honor respected stars gone too soon, Alan Rickman and David Bowie. Located at 205 England Street, Ashland, the theater will host a movie tribute weekend on June 10th and 11th, 2016 at 7 pm. All proceeds will go towards the fundraising efforts currently underway to restore the Ashland Theater.

Highlighting one of Alan Rickman’s iconic “evil villain” roles, a screening of the film Die Hard will be shown on Friday evening at 7 pm.

Originally trained and successfully working as a graphic artist, Rickman entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in 1972, became a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company and was acclaimed for bringing a great variety of roles to the stage and screen from romantic leads (including Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility) to comedic roles (Sir Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus in the science fiction parody Galaxy Quest). In Die Hard, Rickman portrays German terrorist Hans Gruber, a role that earned him a spot on the AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes & Villains list as the 46th best villain in film history. His dark portrayal of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series garnered widespread critical acclaim and a new group of fans, both young and old.bowie

Dancing, singing, and laughing with moviegoers at the Ashland Theater has become part and parcel of the tradition at this art-deco gem in the heart of Ashland. We will again encourage audience participation on Saturday night as we present the beloved family film Labyrinth (directed by Jim Henson) as our tribute film to David Bowie. Known principally as an acclaimed musician, songwriter, and performer, Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. He was a master of re-invention – changing personas and styles to maintain a fresh performance over 5+ decades. The estimated figure of over 140 million in record sales proves his musical success. Bowie also excelled as an actor – He stared in stage and in screen productions ranging from his portrayal of Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man to an alien in The Man Who Fell to Earth to physicist Nikola Tesla in The Prestige.

We hope that you will come out and celebrate these beloved stars on June 10th and June 11th at 7 pm each night. We’ll be playing Bowie music before the show and encourage you to sing along! Doors open at 6:00 pm.


Concert for The Ashland Theater with Susan Greenbaum & Chris Parker

482188_10200181937089374_833554344_nJoin us on Friday, June 17th at 7 pm for a night of original and originally covered music with Susan Greenbaum & Chris Parker!

After working as a corporate executive in Fortune 500 companies, Susan traded her power suits for performing. She has been singing as long as she’s been speaking, growing up in Kansas City, in college at Harvard, and in Boston and Richmond, VA. And now her tax return, under “Occupation,” reads, “Singer-songwriter.”

In December, 2012, Susan performed two record-breaking concerts as the featured soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra; of her five songs with the Symphony, two were her own compositions, orchestrated for the concerts. She also performed in a sold-out show with multiple Grammy winner Jason Mraz, other Virginia songwriters, and 150 talented kids of all abilities, in support of SPARC—School for the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community.

Susan has won several national songwriting awards, most recently the Smithsonian Songwriters Award and the Philadelphia Songwriters Project songwriting contest. She was also the Grand Prize overall winner of the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and also the second-place overall winner in the same contest—the only time in the contest’s three-decade history that the same artist had won multiple overall prizes. Several songs from Susan’s “Wake Up!” CD were finalists in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the U.S.A. Songwriting Contest. Susan was voted “Best Singer and Songwriter” in Richmond, VA’s 2011 and 2012 Style Weekly “Best Of” issues and was identified as one of 50 major players on the area’s music scene by Richmond Magazine.

Susan won a national competition to be the opening act for recording star Jewel, chosen by industry professionals and over 100,000 online voters. Susan enjoyed overwhelming success on the tour across the Northeast, welcoming thousands of new fans. She and her band were also among select acts picked to perform at a recent Virginia Governor’s Inaugural Concert.

Susan draws big, enthusiastic audiences who delight in her lively, diverse and powerful performances. Thanks to the internet, she has fans on every continent and has appeared at such venues as The Bottom Line in NYC, The Birchmere, Bethlehem Musikfest, Floyd Fest, and Rams Head Tavern. In addition to touring with Jewel, Susan’s credits include performing an acoustic set with Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley; sharing bills with Jill Sobule; and opening for Kenny Loggins, Patty Griffin, Dar Williams, Janis Ian, Todd Snider, Jim Messina, Tuck and Patti, Iris DeMent, Lucy Kaplansky, Lloyd Cole and Catie Curtis. Susan also endorses W.L Gore’s Elixir Strings. The most frequently heard comment at her gigs is, “Great songs–and how does all that big, beautiful sound come out of someone under five feet tall?”

Tickets are $10


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