Grace Street Theater
934 W. Grace Street,
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Grace Street Theater (Official)
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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