The Ashland Theater Foundation would like to thank the community for their energy and support while running the Ashland Theater in pop-up mode for over 140 events since November 2014. The Ashland Theater is currently closed while architectural, design and construction take place.  We are excited for it’s grand reopening in 2018.  The Ashland Theater Foundation is currently leasing the theater from the Town and working with Town Council to finalize architecture and design plans.   Stay tuned for updates on the timeline for construction and the Grand Reopening next year!   We look forward to providing a  variety of movies and programming at the historic Ashland Theater.  Questions/Ideas:  Email cotutheater@gmail.com.  Thank You.



Thanks to generous supporters like you, the Ashland Theatre has reached many milestones worthy of a standing ovation. Renovations to our Art Deco treasure are in high gear and include:

  • Spacious reception and concession areas
  • New seats
  • ADA accessibility
  • Expanded stage and backstage green room
  • State-of-the-art sound and projection equipment

We are excited to begin 2018 working hard to fulfill the Theatre’s mission to reinvent the classic American movie house experience through exceptional film, live performances and music.  We will deliver a deeper level of engagement through speakers, panels, talkbacks and events that entertain, educate, inspire and are welcoming to all.  We will work diligently to give voices to artists and access to audiences in underserved communities.

Without you none of this would be possible. It is your belief in the importance of the Ashland Theatre to the history and future of our community that spurs us on. This is your theatre. We want you to feel a real sense of pride and ownership when you the doors reopen and you walk through the front door. You gift today will help us to RAISE THE CURTAIN.


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June 2017  Construction is underway to make our theater handicap accessible & a venue for LIVE THEATRE, FILM, & MORE!


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Ashland Theater Construction Officially Underway!

18157010_1503379476347898_8925910177367903645_nAfter years of standing idle or underused, construction to restore the iconic Ashland Theater to its former glory, and then some, is now officially underway. The theater was donated to the Town of Ashland by Jean and A.D. Whittaker, with a $500K grant from the Virginia Department of Community Development, matched by the Town of Ashland, the million dollar plus renovation will turn an old town treasure into a new town jewel. Plans call for spacious reception and concession areas, brand new seats, new handicapped accessible bathrooms, a dramatically expanded stage, backstage changing rooms and state-of-the-art sound equipment. And more. The new As4316ab60-5759-4829-9ffe-1ba56f291712hland Theater will re-open its doors in the early 2018.

The project has deep roots in the community. McKinney & Company, which produced the blueprints and will be the owner’s rep is headquartered in downtown Ashland. F Richard Wilton Jr, Inc Construction Company which will oversee the project is located next door to the theater. Hugh Joyce, whose company James River Air Conditioning Company, is donating much of the plumbing and electrical work, is a past President of Ashland Main Street, and Ashland resident, Chopper Dawson, of Chopper Dawson Incorporated will partner with Wilton Construction to bring the project to completion. All of these individuals and companies have given generous in-kind and discounted services so that the project will come in at or below budget.

Today marked the start of renovations at the theater with Mayor Jim Foley doing the honors with a ceremonial strike of the sledge hammer to a wall that will ultimately be removed. At the ceremony, Clark Mercer, President of the Ashland Theater Foundation, stated, “This is an exciting milestone for the Ashland Theater— this Theater belongs to the community and with the community as a partner in its renovations, we will all be proud to see this landmark return to its former glory.”

Keep Up With Our Progress!  Click HERE to see our Construction Photos and Videos!

Press Release:  Historic Ashland Theater Renovations to Being April 24

Ashland Theater Foundation

April 21, Ashland VA—Community members and press are invited to join the Ashland Theater Foundation for the ceremonial start of renovations on Monday morning, April 24 at 9AM.  Join members of the Foundation, elected officials, and the construction team to celebrate an important milestone in restoring the iconic landmark.

Please RSVP to info@ashlandtheatre.org.

Seat Sale and Packing!

17191612_1451829364836243_4394812196364858635_o 17103663_1451829301502916_3212419385548285351_n 17191238_1451829144836265_6377279086612313365_n 17155747_1451829124836267_6598355452130168298_n 17201018_1451829014836278_2475340782299002746_nThanks to our dedicated volunteers for making our seat sale & packing day such a big success: Chopper Dawson, Clark Mercer, Jen Chambers, Caroline Cooke, Jim Foley, Alan Abbott, Connor Olin, Felix Stevens, John Hodges, Gary Robertson, Claire Abbott, Lily Abbott, Maggie Abbott, Adam Perkins, Nick Vanderburg, and Nick Thompson. We can’t do it without your help!