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Address: 600 East Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219
Phone Number: +1 804-592-3330
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

A national and state historic landmark, this performing arts center was...

A national and state historic landmark, this performing arts center was originally opened in 1928 as an elegant and lavishly designed Loews movie palace and has since been restored to its former splendor. Performances run the gamut from opera, symphony and concerts to comedy, song, children's entertainment and family shows.

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Nice place...fun to see Eric Idol and John Cleese..

I like this venue,its not too small but small enough that watching comedian's there it seemed more personable. I would imagine the performers like playing there.We saw John... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Richmond, Virginia
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Glen Allen, Virginia
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377 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family and I visited the Carpenter Theatre to see Peppa Pig. They opened the doors on time and the lobby area was spacious and clean. The actual theatre was very nice. It had charm to it because it looked old. However, the seats were comfortable, and the sound and lighting were great. My only complaint, which is not the... More 

Thank kandkwed
Richmond, Virginia
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783 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 449 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like this venue,its not too small but small enough that watching comedian's there it seemed more personable. I would imagine the performers like playing there.We saw John Cleese and Eric idol there and while they were funny enough I was a little disappointed as it felt as though they relied on two many old videos of themselves in past... More 

Thank Bornabrit
Richmond, Virginia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was invited to attend the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert today at 4pm but was not able to arrive in time. When I arrived it was already 4:20 and the attendant on the lobby told me to wait in the lobby since the orchestra already started or I can stand outside and listen to the music. So I prefer... More 

Thank frankeyscreation
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Excellent venue for ballet productions, both from a sound and visual prospective. Parking for heavily attended events sometimes a bit of an issue so plan to arrive early.

Thank 73davisc
Richmond, Virginia
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A wonderful venue to attend any performance. The restoration of the old movie palace into a state of the art theatre is incredible. I highly recommend.

Thank Robb M
Dayton, Virginia
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The show we saw was really great, but my husband is 6'2" and I am 5'11" and we honestly could not sit in the seat comfortably. We both had our knees up on the back of the seat in front of us. We were in the 3rd balcony, so I don't know if the seats on the floor are any... More 

Thank JCSmith2015
Richmond, Virginia
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74 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Great performing arts venue. It has a historic refurbished large theater and a couple of smaller spaces for different types of performances. Great concession and lots of nice new restrooms. The historic theater has acoustic "clouds" and some wonderful crafty details.

Thank Gladys B
Richmond, Virginia
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This is one of my very favorite venues in Richmond. It is a gorgeous theater, very ornate and beautiful, and we had a fantastic time seeing Weird Al Yankovich perform. The sightlines to the stage from our orchestra-level seats were great, and sound was definitely no problem (it was even a bit too loud, in some cases). Ushers were very... More 

Thank Leofwynne
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95 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Enjoyed seeing Brit Floyd, great show. Seats are very comfortable. However not any extra room to dance. Accoustics were fantastic. Bar was very limited,but not bad for a theatre. I bet it would be great to see many other types of concerts and performances.

Thank Mike P
washington dc
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299 reviews
196 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Was this part of the Golden Age of Movie Theaters in the twenties? It has that zany, exuberant decor of faintly Italian-Moorish baroque arabesques. Modern suspended baffles have improved the sound (I heard the excellent Richmond Symphony Orchestra), but the old wooden seats are uncomfortable and do not provide enough leg room (knees in the neck before you). Too few... More 

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