New to the Theatre?
We can’t wait to welcome you to the Academy Center of the Arts, but we understand that visiting for the first time around can also feel intimidating and mysterious. What should you wear? When should you arrive? Will we hand out bags of buttery popcorn during the show? Where is my classroom located? Here are some tips to make your first Academy experience a relaxed and enjoyable one.
Tickets for events and shows are available for purchase either online by visiting academycenter.org and clicking the Buy Tickets option under the TICKETS tab, or at the Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre Box Office, either by visiting in person at 519 Commerce St. Lynchburg, VA 24504, or calling at (434) 846-8499.
THINGS TO KNOW FOR A GREAT VISIT
We recommend planning your travel so that you arrive in downtown Lynchburg no later than 30 minutes before show time. You should then budget about 15 minutes maximum to park and walk to the theater. There is nothing worse than having to rush to the theater and then arrive just as the doors close for the start of the show. Our lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to show time. With the schedule we recommend above, you’ll arrive with plenty of time to find your seat, get settled, or enjoy a pre-show drink or a light snack.
Also, if you’re late, you may end up listening to the beginning of the show from the lobby. Most shows require that our ushers hold late arrivals in the lobby until a suitable pause in the program. The timing of allowing late arrivals into the seating area is determined by the show and designed to cause as little disruption as possible to other guests and the performers on stage.
Read our House Rules for more info on late seating.
While going to the Academy Center of the Arts is certainly a special occasion, there is no required dress code, unless otherwise stated, other than we do require shoes and shirts. You’ll probably be most comfortable in casual business attire, but you’ll often see people in jeans, khakis, and sometimes even shorts. Some guests enjoy dressing up and making a special night of it, and you can too, but most of all we want our guests to be comfortable.
We would ask you to politely consider other guests’ possible allergic reactions when applying fragrances like perfumes or colognes, as all Academy venues are closed areas with many people in close proximity to each other.
We ask that patrons silence and put away all cell phones during performances and events.
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.
Most shows usually last two to three hours, and many have an intermission. The show time will be listed on the event on our website, as well as on your tickets.
Intermissions for most shows move very quickly and commonly run just 15-20 minutes. While we wish we could extend these breaks, each show we host sets a very strict schedule from which we cannot vary. Within the time allowed, you can socialize with your companions, get a drink or a snack in the lobby, or simply stay in your seat and relax so you’ll be ready for the second half of the show.
Snacks and Drinks
We invite you to enjoy drinks and light snacks before performances and during intermissions at the Historic Academy of Music Theatre. The concessions counter is located on the first floor of the lobby and feature soft drinks, bottled water, wine by the glass, a selection of premium domestic beer, and the 1905 Academy Pilsner on tap. Our snack menu includes a variety of candy, chips, pretzels and other snacks. A second bar may be located on the second floor of the Historic Academy of Music Theatre during select performances.
For events and shows in the Joy & Lynch Warehouse Theatre, our concessions bar is located in the lobby, to the left side of the theatre doors. Our menu includes Pepsi soft drinks, bottled water, wine by the glass, and a selection of craft and domestic beer, along with a variety of candy, chips, and bagged cookies.
Standing at Concerts in the Historic Academy of Music Theatre
The Academy Center of the Arts is proud to welcome all types of concerts to our stage. Sometimes during the course of a concert performance, audience members will show their enthusiasm by standing and dancing, especially when encouraged by the performers to do so. Unless otherwise stated, we will enforce a “no standing” policy at concerts.
If attending a concert where standing is approved, guests may stand even if they block the view of the stage for other patrons. In these events, if your view is ever blocked by a standing or dancing guest, please contact an usher or the House Manager and we will attempt to find alternative seating.
Temperature management in a large open room filled with hundreds of people is a complex challenge and often means that some guests are too cold and some too warm. Our recommendation is to dress comfortably for being in a large crowd, and if you are susceptible to cold, bring a sweatshirt, light jacket, or sweater just in case.
We’re Here to Help
Above all, we hope you enjoy your experience at the Academy Center of the Arts, and please know that we are here to help. If you have a question or need assistance of any kind, please ask a member of our staff. We believe in great entertainment experiences, and we want to be our guests’ favorite place for live events and performances.
All three of our spaces are handicapped accessible. For more information, please visit our Accessibility page here.
Parking and Directions
Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg. To view a parking map or to learn more about parking options, please visit this page.
The Academy Center of the Arts asks that all patrons abide by our House Rules.