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Richmond Ballet has occupied its spacious facility in downtown Richmond since July 2000. In 1997 Reynolds Metals Company gave Richmond Ballet a generous gift of three buildings spanning the entire block of Canal Street between 4th and 5th Streets. Following a successful capital campaign, the largest building was transformed into a state of the art dance facility into which the Ballet moved in 2000. In the summer of 2004, the remaining two buildings were demolished to make way for a parking lot that now serves Richmond Ballet patrons, dancers and staff.
The building’s transformation included adding 30 windows and raising ceilings — to 18 feet on the second floor, and to 32 feet at the ceiling’s highest point on the third floor – to accommodate dancers lifting dancers. Specially designed, cushioned flooring was installed, along with sound-proof walls and ceilings. The professional company’s studio on the third floor was wired for performance lighting and sound.
Shortly after moving into the building, the artistic team became frustrated over their inability to find small local venues in which to perform the Ballet’s repertory. Out of that frustration grew the increasingly popular “Studio Theatre”. Within just a few hours, two company studios on the third floor can be transformed into an intimate 250 seat theatre which, among Richmond Ballet patrons, has become a favorite venue for experiencing dance.
The second floor of the building houses The School of Richmond Ballet (SRB), and includes 4 dance studios, 3 locker rooms, a break out room, and a study area.
The first floor houses studios for SRB Invitation to the Dance classes, a physical therapy facility, a Pilates studio, administrative offices, production staff offices, and an extensive costume shop.
Fully renovated and restored, the historic Carpenter Theatre is the venue where Richmond Ballet performs Nutcracker and other main stage productions. It features state-of-the-art lighting and world-class acoustics while still preserving its Old World feel. Its large stage, great acoustics and 20 dressing rooms make it a performer’s dream venue. Carpenter Theatre’s main lobby includes two refreshment bars, concierge station and a gift shop, with two additional refreshment bars upstairs. Four large mosaic tile murals of parrots serve as the backdrop to the four refreshment bars and are a tribute to the handmade parrot that has been perched in the lobby since the theater first opened in 1928. Upon entering the refurbished Carpenter Theatre – with nearly 1,800 seats – audiences enjoy newly installed fiber optic stars twinkling overhead in the repainted midnight sky ceiling, one of the many preserved and enhanced elements of John Eberson’s original theater design.
Advance reservations for Patron Assistance are encouraged to ensure the best possible experience. Please call the Richmond Ballet Patron Services Office at (804) 344-0906 ext. 224 with any questions or concerns.
Our Studio Theatre and classrooms are accessible to patrons who use wheelchairs. Most restrooms and water fountains in all facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Entry and Exit Assistance
For performances in the Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre, an usher can meet patrons who need assistance at the elevator.
If you or someone in your party plans to attend an event with a service animal, please inform the Box Office when purchasing your tickets so that we may arrange for an aisle seat.