Grace Street Theater

934 W. Grace Street,
Richmond, VA 23220

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Previously operated by: Fabian Theaters, Wilmer & Vincent Corp.

Architects: Henry Carl Messerschmidt

Functions: Live Performances

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Lee Theater, Lee Art Theater

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Grace Street Theater

Opened on October 13, 1935 as the Lee Theater with seating for 588. The Lee Theater was designed by Richmond architect Henry Carl Messerschmidt in an Art Deco style. By 1950, it was operated by Fabian Theaters chain. In 1962 it was renamed the Lee Art Theater which showed adult films. This continued until closing in 1993.

Now operating as the Grace Street Theater, a live performance theater operated by the Virginia Commonwealth University. A detailed history of this theater along with many photos can be found at the link below.

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Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

kencmcintyre on August 10, 2007 at 9:42 am

Here is a larger version of the 1937 photo seen on the official website:

kencmcintyre on August 10, 2007 at 10:11 am

I did that already, but it didn’t work. I guess I have to order the larger size next trip.

JackCoursey on July 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Here are some great photos and information on the Lee/Grace Street Theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Thanks Jack for the pictures.

TLSLOEWS on July 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Nice photos of the Lee/GraceStreet Theatre.

cinemascope on January 7, 2014 at 10:36 am

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.

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