Scheduled performances in Dance, Theater, and Film of particular interest to the LGBTQ community will be included on this page.
Fine Arts Theater
This Art Deco style theater is the only theater left operating in downtown Asheville and locally owned.
It originally opened as the Strand Theater with a seating capacity of 800 in orchestra and balcony.
Under the ownership of John Cram, the Fine Arts Theater was refurbished, and redirected to its present state, a two-screen theater serving first run art and independent films. It is also home of the Asheville Film Festival held in November of Each year.
“Couldn't wait to return to his theater …The staff appears to be film-fans, which enhances the experience. The films they select are cream of the crop - especially when you're finishing up an Oscar viewing list. They have unique (locally made goods) and ordinary concessions. They also serve beer & wine… It's Art Deco top to bottom. Love the experience!...”
The Grail is a new Independent, locally owned theater, screening: art and Independent Films, locally produced, classics and a regular rotation of cinematic surprises.
Featuring three screens and seating for 250 which also include special wheelchair accessible areas.
Concessions consist of the traditional popcorn, candy and soft drinks plus local produced products and beverages including many local brewed beers.
Tickets are available online anytime or at the box office or concession stand 30 minutes before the first screening each day. Online tickets carry a $1.00 service charge. Student and Senior discounts available.
Parking: There are over 40 free city spaces on South French Broad and limited parking below the building accessible off Ann street. The United Way parking lot across the street is free on weekends and after 5:00 on weekdays.
Arrives in Asheville at the Fine Arts Theater Friday, January 19 ( Limited Run)
This amazing film, received 3 Golden Globe Nominations and has Oscar Nominations
anticipated. Directed by Luca Guadagino of "Room with a View and Maurice" fame.
"Call Me by Your Name is less a coming-of-age story, a tale of innocence and loss, than one about coming into sensibility. In that way, it is about the creation of a new man who, the story suggests, is liberated by pleasure that doesn’t necessarily establish sexual identity." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.
"It's a swooning new classic and one of the very best films of the year."
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Click on the Trailer below for a glimpse into why this is a MUST NOT MISS film.
** Note, Asheville Prime Timers will be attending the Sunday, January 21 4:00 PM Matinee and invite members of the LGBT community to join them.
Is not just another gay movie, but a look at how AIDS created activists and organizations to fight general indifference and ignorance. It takes place in 1990’s Paris and the beginning of the French Act UP movement.
See Trailer below.
“in spite of its historical specificity, BPM never feels like a bulletin from the past. Its immediacy comes in part from the brisk naturalism of the performances and the nimbleness and fluidity of the editing.”
-A.O. Scott New York Times
“This is a perfect film for this time in history: a story that not just gets at how to combat institutional homophobia but institutional injustice. … Great acting, direction, writing, stakes and message.” -Fedorko Metacritic
Showing at the Grail Movie House-
45 S French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
OPENING FRIDAY, 1/19
Fri, 1/19 - 3:20, 6:10
Sat, 1/20 - 3:20, 6:10, 9PM
Sun, 1/21 - 3:20, 6:10, 9PM
Mon, 1/22 - 3:20, 9PM
Tue, 1/23 - 3:20, 9PM
Wed, 1/24 - 3:20, 6:10, 9PM
Thu, 1/25 - 3:20, 6:10, 9PM
Rebels on Pointe
Best Feature Documentary Award, San Luis Obispo Film Festival,
Audience Choice Award Winner at numerous Film Festivals
Special one night showing February 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Presented by Diana Wortham Theatre
with movie at the Fine Arts Theater
Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams, family, loss and love, Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever feature documentary celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
In Rebels on Pointe, Montreal filmmaker Bobbi Jo Hart profiles Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the successful New York based company that knocks the stuffy art of ballet off its pedestal and makes it an open, inclusive, and accessible experience. The key to “the Trocks” is that it’s a very funny
all-male, all-gay company. The Trocks offer a positive space for people who don’t fit the conventional roles of ballet. Their performances incorporate classical technique with camp, drag, and farce, and this spirited doc shows
how much better art—and life—can be when everyone is invited to the party.
"Laugh out loud funny! An inclusive doc portrait ... The dancers of REBELS ON POINTE are good company for any audience."—POV Magazine
"An affectionate tribute to a dance company that dares to defy convention."