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Animation Festival 2024

Time: January 20 @ 11:00 am
Venue: Historic Academy Theatre
Cost: Free

Join us at this year’s Animation Festival to celebrate Tex Avery’s iconic work and other MGM classics. Renowned animation historian Jerry Beck will introduce the animated shorts, sharing insights that make each film truly wonderful. Lavalle Lee, Vice President of Don Bluth Studios, will introduce Anastasia, and Heritage High School’s Pioneer Theatre will perform a scene from the film.

Doors open at 11:00 AM with pre-screening activities like art making, t-shirt printing, a photo booth, and more. Film screenings begin at 12:00 PM. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. 

Help the fight against hunger by bringing a canned food donation for Knights of Columbus!

Don’t miss this enchanting celebration of animation artistry!

Screening will include:

The Milky Way (1940)

The Cat Concerto (1947) featuring Tom and Jerry

The Two Mousketeers (1952) featuring Tom and Jerry

Little Rural Riding Hood (1949) featuring Red and the Wolf.

Screwball Squirrel (1944) featuring Screwy Squirrel.

Northwest Hounded Police (1946) featuring Droopy Dog.


Heritage High School’s Pioneer Theatre performance of scenes from Anastasia 

Anastasia (full length animated 1997 film)


Activities: Art table, photo booth and face painting

Sponsored By:

Academy Center of the Arts

Bo & Flo Hall

L3Harris Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

Know before you go:

Age Requirement

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this event unless otherwise stated. All ages are welcome.

Camera Policy

Videography and audio recording during the performances are prohibited. Photography of the set on stage is allowed pre-show, post-show, and during intermission. But we do ask that you show our designers and visiting performers some love by crediting them (and by tagging us) in your social media posts.

Content Advisory

The Academy Center of the Arts offers a diverse selection of entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every guest or for all ages. Ticket buyers should take responsibility for making informed decisions regarding their purchases. We recommend visiting the official show website of each show you are coming to see at the Academy. If you ever have questions about the content or appropriateness of a show, please contact us at [email protected].

Doors Open

Our lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to show time. House doors open 30 minutes prior to show time for seating.

Parking & Directions

Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg. Our parking map (linked below) shows all of the free public and paid parking available. In addition, street parking is also available on most streets.

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Ticketing Policies

Ticketing purchases are non-refundable. By purchasing a ticket to an event at The Academy Center of the Arts, you are agreeing to our ticketing policy. View our full ticketing policy.


Want to volunteer and see this show for free? Contact Mele Thompson, [email protected]for more information.