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. 
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. 
Asheville's  Original Home 
for Art and Indie Films
Fine Arts Theater
36 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

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“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
Grail Movie House
Fine Arts 

Special LGBTQ Showings

Live Local Indie Theater 

Anam Cara Theater Company 

Upcoming Shows  

Anam Cara Theatre Company presents Prairie Fire

Grail MovieHouse
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. 
Grail MovieHouse 
45 South French Broad Ave. Downtown
 (just past Patton Ave intersection)
For current and upcoming attractions
 check out Website. 

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.

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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

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February 23   Fine Arts Theater   7:00 PM
Part of Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals Exhibition
at UNCA  Find out more about the Exhibit HERE

Jesus People Go To The Movie March 5
"The Shack"
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.

​Date- March 5
Time: Meet by 4:00 PM 
Place: Regal Theater, Biltmore Square
For discount tickets and more information 
Contact Tom
or 616-881-1069

Anam Cara Theatre Company presents Prairie Fire
By Ryan Madden
Directed by Peter Lundblad
Fridays and Saturdays, April 21-29 and May 5-6, 2017
All shows at 8pm, doors at 7:30pm
Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Rd. Asheville, NC 
$16 in advance, $20 at the door
Advance tickets 

"A single spark can start a prairie fire,” noted Chairman Mao. In a board room high above a city in revolt, a noble band of executives soldier bravely forward through the 9 o'clock meeting. Rioting and bloodshed will do nothing to deter these proud corporate warriors from bearing witness to the quarterly report. In that well-furnished fiery crucible of profit margins and cost analysis, these three VP's will reexamine the importance of capitalist values in a world gone mad. Prairie Fire is an absurdist dark comedy inspired by the writings of The Weather Underground.

Anam Cara Theatre Company produces experimental theatre that empowers artists, promotes equality, challenges thinking and transforms community. We provide a safe space for artists and audiences to take risks, grow, and collaborate. For tickets and more information about Anam Cara Theatre Company, please visit, email or call 828-633-1773.