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.
The Anam Cara Theatre Company is a small indie theatre company in the heart of Asheville striving to promote social awareness through various art forms. Arts = Love = Equality.
Producing Mainstage and Accordion Time Machine.
Accordion Time Machine is an experimental theatre ensemble that performs every other month at Toy Boat Community Art Space. Each performance is centered around a theme. The resulting avant garde, non-illusory theatrical jaunt is an experience; a discovery for performers and audience members alike.
Mainstage Productions- aims to produce progressive work that provides audiences and company members alike, with an experience that makes evident the eternal connection of all humanity, in turn promoting social change, and striving for the equality of all people.
Academy-award winning documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman direct this harrowing, lyrical look at the persecution of homosexuals during the Third Reich narrated by Rupert Everett.
German historian and member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Klaus Muller interviews the dozen or so surviving victims, now frail and wizened, who recount their experiences. Jewish resistance fighter Gad Beck recalls how he posed as a Hitler Youth in an ultimately vain attempt at saving his lover. One man was freed from a sentence at Dachau only to be interned again at Buchenwald. Another recalls hearing, in the distance, a ‘singing forest’ — the sound of gays bound and tortured by Nazis in a local grove.
Epstein and Friedman fashion a layered narrative consisting not only of interviews but also archival footage depicting background life in Weimar Germany.
Admission is donation to benefit UNCA Center for Diversity Education
The Jesus People Church invites you to go with them to see the showing of "The Shack"
The Shack takes us on a father's uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.
The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, FUN HOME is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir.
The story concerns Bechdel's discovery of her own sexuality, her relationship with her gay father, and her attempts to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life. It is the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist.
This groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways.
“Heart-gripping and cathartic, FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up” (The New York Times).
Greenville Pride Night
On September 27th the Peace Center will offer the musical as it's first Pride Night event. They will host an LGBTQ+ networking and mingle event, prior to seeing the show. They are working with Upstate Pride SC and several other LGBT organizations in the area to promote this event and special ticket offer.