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 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




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 circlesashland-va.org

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: http://www.darrellscott.com/

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!