Grace Street Theater
934 W. Grace Street,
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Grace Street Theater (Official)
Previously operated by: Fabian Theaters, Wilmer & Vincent Corp.
Architects: Henry Carl Messerschmidt
Functions: Live Performances
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Lee Theatre, Lee Art Theatre
Opened on October 13, 1935 with Clark Gable in “China Seas”. The Lee Theatre had seating for 588. The Lee Theatre was designed by Richmond architect Henry Carl Messerschmidt in an Art Deco style. By 1950, it was operated by Fabian Theatres chain who closed it in 1963.
It reopened on October 23, 1965 as the renamed Lee Art Theatre with Jayne Mansfield in “Promises, Promises” (the uncut European version) & Kenneth More in “Loss of Innocence”. It screened adult films and this continued until closing in 1993.
Now operating as the Grace Street Theater, a live performance theatre operated by the Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Here is a larger version of the 1937 photo seen on the official website:
OK. It’s early.
I did that already, but it didn’t work. I guess I have to order the larger size next trip.
Here are some great photos and information on the Lee/Grace Street Theatre.
Thanks Jack for the pictures.
Nice photos of the Lee/GraceStreet Theatre.
2010 photo of the Grace Street Theatre
Jeff, as the advertising director for Neighborhood Theatres from 1975 to 1996 (as well as a promoter of many midnight movies), I enjoyed your post tremendously. Always glad to know someone notices all the little nuances that went into title logos, sig cuts, etc.
The Lee opened on October 13th, 1935, and closed in 1963. It reopened on October 23rd, 1965 as Lee Art showing adult movies.