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.
will be presented at Kaplan Auditorium, Hendersonville Public Library, 301 N Washington St, Hendersonville NC 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Sacred Journey Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) presents a screening of a new documentary on
conversion counseling, an intimate portrait of a gay man’s struggle to reconcile his religious conviction and sexual identity, as he seeks
counseling from a conversion therapist. Although conversion counseling is non-scientifically based, and has been discredited by all major American medical, psychiatric, psychological and professional
counseling organizations, some therapists still offer the service for reasons almost exclusively rooted in a conservative religious belief system.
Conversion Therapy is currently legal in all 50 states for consulting adults and only 10 U.S. states have banned the therapy for minors.
The movie will be followed by a panel discussion including Rev. Joan Saniuk of MCC Sacred Journey, retired psychiatrist Clay Eddleman, Presbyterian pastor Rev. Mark Stanley, and gay-straight alliance
advisor Joshua Bledsoe.
"The Sunday Sessions is a 94 minute documentary which chronicles the turbulent journey of a religious gay man as he attends conversion therapy in hopes of changing his sexual orientation. This is the First Time a film crew has been allowed ongoing and unencumbered access to shoot these secretive and disreputable therapy sessions. The resulting film is a psychological drama that sheds light on the dangers both emotional and mental of this therapy" - Director and producer Richard Yeagley