summer plays & movies in lynchburg, va

Here's a list of all the plays and movies happening this summer. Be sure to check out our Summer Giveaways for free tickets to many different events in Lynchburg this summer!

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Jaws 2 @ Venue Cinemas

Brush up on your movie classics with this timeless sequel to the iconic Jaws. Watch out for sharks!


  • July 28–August 2 | times vary 

Getting to Know Cinderella (Academy Children's Theater) @ Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre

In this specially created G2K version, all the beloved songs and familiar characters are present and accounted for. However, the entire script has been condensed to better suit young attention spans, and the plot has been slightly altered so as to highlight some important lessons that exist in this timeless tale. The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.


  • August 3, 7pm & August 4, 10:30am | $9

The Music Man, Kids (Academy Children's Theater) @ Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre

Based on Meredith Willson's six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man KIDS features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance.  The Music Man KIDS is family entertainment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter! Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure?  The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.


  • August 4, 2pm & 4:30pm | $9

Compass Creative Dramatics Presents: Peter Pan @ Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre

When the curious Darling children befriend a mysterious boy from a distant planet called Neverland, they never dream that they’ll soon be fighting alongside him, battling injustices and turning the delicate balance of this faraway world on its head.


  • August 11, 10:30am & 1:30pm | $9

Tomfoolery @ Swift Creek Mill Theatre

A revue of the witty, wicked and thoroughly twisted world of famed satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer. Before there was "Laugh-In" or "Saturday Night Live" and before the term "politically incorrect" had ever been heard, Tom Lehrer was featured on "That Was The Week That Was", plying his sharp-edged craft. No one is spared from his delightfully cynical skewer as he takes aim at the A-bomb, racism, pollution, pornography, the military, the boy scouts and the Catholic Church, just for starters! This one's not for the youngsters as it contains adult content.


  • July 12–August 18, Thursday through Saturday evenings | 8pm

    Matinees on select dates, 2:30 pm

Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) — Ken Faraoni Lynchburg’s Underground Movie Club Series @ Riverviews Artspace

The sequel to the 1931 hit based on Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. Frankenstein’s Monster (Boris Karloff) is in need of a friend, and Dr. Frankenstein’s (Colin Clive) old mad mentor Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) wants a dead body to be reanimated into a living woman. This leaves the doctor no choice but to make a bride (Elsa Lanchester) for his creature.  Directed by James Whale, produced by Carl Laemmle Jr., written by William Hurlbut (Screenplay and Adaptation) and John L. Balderson (Adaptation).


  • August 15, 7:30pm

Suicide: The Ripple Effect @ Regal River Ridge Stadium 14

This movie chronicles the powerful story of Kevin Hines, who at 19 attempted suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge. The movie follows the Ripple Effect of his attempt, shares the journey of suicide loss survivors, and ends with a powerful calling for everyone to make a life saving connection to others. 

The person hosting this showing is a suicide attempt suicide survivor, former WSET reporter, and on a mission to educate the community about preventing suicide and living with mental illness. There will be local prevention experts, mental health clinicians, and others there to facilitate a question and answer session after the movie.


  • August 16th @ 7:30pm

Movies in the Park: Star Wars: The Last Jedi @ Riverside Park

Lynchburg parks and recreation and MedExpress Urgent Care present movies in the park at Riverside Park this summer. Come and enjoy watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the park along with eating from your favorite food trucks! 


  • August 17th @ 8pm

Downtown Actors Present: Hairspray the Musical @ the Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre

It’s 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, and quirky, plus-sized, teenage Tracy Turnblad has one dream: to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When she gets put in detention with the African-American students in the school, they teach her some of their dance moves, and her new found groove wins her a spot on Corny’s show. Overnight, Tracy transforms from a nobody into a star, and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show. Tracy faces scrutiny and bullying from the network producer, Velma, and her popular, but vicious, daughter, Amber. With the help of the teenage heartthrob Link, host Corny Collins, and Motormouth Maybelle (the host of ‘Negro Day’), Tracy overcomes the odds and succeeds in her mission to integrate The Corny Collins Show. The bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad teaches us all to look past the color of one’s skin and fight for every human being’s equal rights.


  • August 16–19, times vary

Boom for Real @ Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College

An introduction to the film and post-screening discussion will be led by the film’s director, Sara Driver ’77.

“BOOM FOR REAL” follows Basquiat's life pre-fame and how New York City, the times, the people and the movements surrounding him formed the artist he became. Using never-before-seen works, writings and photographs, director Sara Driver ’77, who was part of the New York arts scene herself, worked closely and collaboratively with friends and other artists who emerged from that period: Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Fab Five Freddy, Glenn O’Brien, Kenny Scharf, Lee Quinones, Patricia Field, Luc Sante and many others.

Drawing upon their memories and anecdotes, the film also uses period film footage, music and images to visually re-recreate the era, drawing a portrait of Jean-Michel and Downtown New York City -pre AIDS, President Reagan, the real estate and art booms – before anyone was motivated by money and ambition. The definition of fame, success and power were very different than today – to be a penniless but published poet was the height of success, until everything changed in the early 1980s. This is New York City's story before that change.


  • September 15 @ 7pm

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