Community Connections Asheville
Asheville's Gay On Line Theater Connection
Scheduled performances in Dance, Theater, and Film of particular interest to the LGBTQ community will be included on this page.
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.
Asheville's Original Home
for Art and Indie Films
Fine Arts Theater
36 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
“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!...”
Independent Locally Owned Theaters
Fine Arts Theater
Asheville's Newest Indie Theater
Movies people love for people who love movies.”
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.
45 South French Broad Ave. Downtown
(just past Patton Ave intersection)
For current and upcoming attractions
Actors shown are from other productions
A Play about a
Yiddish Play That
Was Ahead Of Its Time.
The troupe of actors takes the audience through the history and true events of Sholem Asch’s 1907 Yiddish play “God of Vengeance”, which was controversial from the start. It begins with a ghostly dance in which ashes flow out of the dancers overcoats and the story flashes back in a series of "a moment in time" scenes.
One of them steps forward. "My name is Lemml," he says. "You can also call me Lou. I am the stage manager tonight. Usually, you can find me backstage. We have a story we want to tell you about a play — a play that changed my life. Every night, we tell this story. But somehow I can never remember the end."
Indecent has everything unconventional in a Jewish play, a Jewish brothel owner who bribes a rabbi so his son can marry the owner’s daughter, who falls in love with a prostitute below. The story begins in the early 1900’s with the original Yiddish play. Paula Vogel, Indecent's Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright takes us through to the 1950’s.
The play makes us understand that we can easily lose culture. Yiddish was that vibrant culture now almost dead and part of what happened in the 20th century and the Holocaust ceased so many Yiddish speakers from speaking again.
This Play within a Play has a bit of everything from music and dancing to a poignant lesbian love story line. Don’t worry about not understanding Yiddish, it is translated on screen when spoken.
You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy the performance;
this is a play that everyone can appreciate and learn from.
Directed by Andrew Gall, The Magnetic Theatre players will bring the play to life weekends through August 2-25.
Evenings at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
Magnetic Theater 375 Depot St. Asheville, NC.
Tickets are $20 adult, $10 Students. Adult content, so age appropriate students. For tickets go to TICKET LINK