Ashland, VA — After nearly two years of renovation and a $2.1M Capital Campaign, the Ashland Theatre will re-open on December 26th with an opening day celebration followed by a three-week run of the much-anticipated Disney Musical, Mary Poppins Returns. 

“We wanted to brand the theatre right out of the gate with a first run blockbuster film the entire family can enjoy together,” said Douglas Love, President and CEO of Ashland Theatre Foundation, which operates the theatre.

The historic theatre features a new, state of the art 4K Sony projection system and 7.1 surround sound system. Brand new plush seating, expanded concession stands and a VIP lounge with box seats are ready to accommodate up to 300 patrons.  A separate sound and lighting system and two large dressing rooms make Ashland Theatre a premier venue for live performances as well. Music from Broadberry Entertainment Group, stand-up comedy and live performances will be announced later in 2019, once the theatre is up and running as a cinema.

Purchase tickets for opening day on December 26th (1:00pm & 6:30pm showtimes available) and join the fun as the theatre celebrates with a real-life Mary Poppins,“high tea” themed concession specials and more.

“Fifty-four years ago, Ashland Theatre would have played the original Mary Poppins, so how perfect is it that we are re-opening with its sequel?” Love said. “Launching the next phase for this beloved local landmark with this film represents a re-imagining for a new audience, both on screen and in real life.

Pre-sale tickets for the entire three-week run of Mary Poppins Returns at the Ashland Theatre will be available for purchase online beginning Wednesday, December 12 at 10:00am at Adults: $10; Children (12 & under)/Student/Senior/Active Military: $8; Matinee: $6.50 

Ashland Theatre is in the last stages of naming rights and seating sponsorship, and will launch a membership campaign during the run of Mary Poppins Returns featuring great perks like: discounted tickets, preferred access and concession deals.  

About Ashland Theater

Ashland Theatre is located at 205 England Street in Ashland, Virginia. Owned by the Town of Ashland, the theatre building celebrates its 70th year as it re-opens its doors. For more information, visit or call (804) 401-7007.

About Mary Poppins Returns

In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place,” “The Girl on the Train”) stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin- Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”) plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London. Dick Van Dyke, Meryl Streep and Angela Lansbury also make unforgettable appearances in the film filled with classic Disney magic directed by Rob Marshall (“Into the Woods,” “Chicago”).