The Ashland Theatre reopened Wednesday after a two-year, $2.1 million renovation.

Opening day featured two family friendly screenings of the Disney musical “Mary Poppins Returns” plus “high tea”-themed concession specials.

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

The theater opened in 1948 as a movie house. From the 1950s to the 1990s, it underwent several ownership and format changes — it even became a bargain theater at one point with tickets priced at $1.99.

Since the early 2000s, the theater had largely been dark, only opening for special events.

In 2013, the owner donated the theater to the town of Ashland. The theater is now operated by the foundation, a nonprofit that ran the capital campaign to renovate the theater.

The Ashland Theatre is located at 205 England St. For details, visit, search for it on Facebook or call (804) 401-7007.

(804) 649-6527

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