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.



Your Summer Reading List!

Summer and Book ClubThe Ashland Theater Presents the Summer Book & Movie Club!

The Ashland Theater announces a summer program of reading, films, and discussion that will be known as the Summer Book & Movie Club. With the support of the Ashland branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library and Bell, Book & Candle bookstore, the Summer Book & Movie Club program will pair three books with the films created from the books. Each film presentation at the Ashland Theater will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session of both the book and movie.

This innovative new programming will accomplish three objectives:

1. The Summer Book & Movie Club provides a means of engaging the community and drawing it closer through the process of reading, viewing, and talking about a good book.

2. We encourage young people to spend time over the summer reading and then joining in the viewing of the movie and the subsequent discussion.

3. Finally, this summer program will be pre-cursor for a permanent program of book/film events when the Ashland Theater reopens in 2017.


The three book/film combinations are:

• The Body (1982), a “coming-of-age” novella by Steven King; film renamed Stand by Me

Film viewing & discussion: Saturday, July 23, 7PM

• 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

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

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

The three books may be obtained at Bell, Book & Candle located at 106 1/2 S. Railroad Avenue, on the tracks in Ashland. We encourage everyone to obtain, read, and share these books and then join us for the screening and lively discussion to follow. Please feel free to share the attached flier and jpeg on social media, etc. to help spread the word in our community about this exciting opportunity.


Fundraiser for the Ashland Theater: Shooting the Prodigal

First BaSTP_poster_8.5x11ptist Church, Ashland sponsors this special fundraising event for The Ashland Theater! The program features a screening of the film, Shooting the Prodigal followed by a question and answer session with the film’s director, David E. Powers.
Directed by David E. Powers and starring Paul Wilson, Sterling Hurst, and Christie Osterhus, Shooting the Prodigal is the story of a brash young Jewish filmmaker from New York who tries to help an overly-zealous Baptist preacher in south Alabama make a movie about the Prodigal Son. In the process, they both learn about the love and acceptance of the Prodigal’s father.
Following the film, director and retired minister, David E. Powers will be on hand to discuss the film and take questions from the audience.
There will be 2 special opportunities to participate in this “home town” event – on Saturday, July 9 at 3 pm and at 7 pm! This film was partially shot in Ashland and features many of the FBCA members as extras!


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



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!

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: http://www.darrellscott.com/

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


The Ashland Summer Theater Festival – Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is coming to the Ashland Theater for the first annual Ashland Summer Theatre Festival…
The first an13346988_1029511493803551_7706246870037772262_nnual Ashland Summer Theatre Festival is August 13, 2016!

Three shows, one day, fun for the whole family!
Enjoy the plays:
Beauty and the Beast Tamer at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center,
Peter Pan: When Wendy Grew Up at Ashland Coffee and Tea
Alice in Wonderland at the Ashland Theater.
Performances are 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00pm
The entire family can see all three shows for just $25 with the Family Package. Individuals can see all three shows for $10 or see just one show for $5.
Tickets can be purchased at whistlestoptheatre.weebly.com
Contact Louise Ricks at 804-240-4498 and whistlestoptheatre.weebly.com