Maupintown Media Presents: 3rd Street – Best Seats in the House

Maupintown Media Presents: 3rd Street – Best Seats in the House

Live Events | 08/29/2019 | 6:00PM

Local filmmaker and Albemarle County native Lorenzo Dickerson of Maupintown Media will premiere his latest documentary film titled 3rd Street: Best Seats in the House at the historic Paramount Theater on Charlottesville’s downtown mall on Thursday, August 29th at 6:00PM. Immediately following the premiere screening, Dickerson will hold an on stage question and answer session about the film, which will be moderated by Terri Allard, host of “Charlottesville Inside Out” on VPM PBS (formerly WHTJ PBS).

3rd Street: Best Seats in the House tells the stories of African-American patrons of The Paramount Theater and their personal experience of the formerly segregated 3rd Street Entrance and Box Office prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A light is shined on the previously untold stories and experiences of local Charlottesville residents, who were made to use the segregated Entrance and Box Office in accordance with the law. The film will share personal reflection on topics such as structural racism, the implementation and execution of Jim Crow Laws, and racial segregation through the experiences of Charlottesville community members.

In advance of the film’s premiere, a unique exhibition will be unveiled on the Theater’s 3rd Street exterior wall. The temporary installation, created in partnership with Maupintown Media and the City’s Unity Days, will feature large-scale photographs, silhouettes of patrons, and quotes from the movie’s interviewees. Through the exhibition and film, members of our community share their personal memories and experiences of attending movies at The Paramount during the Jim Crow era. Their first-person accounts will give voice to the not so distant past.

Funding for this project was provided by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and the Heal Charlottesville Fund.


Dickerson focuses his work on sharing little known stories of African-American history and culture.  His films Anywhere But Here, Color Line of Scrimmage and Albemarle’s Black Classrooms have been featured in film festivals and have broadcasted on the local PBS stations.  Dickerson is the founder of Maupintown Media and is the creator and director of the annual Maupintown Film Festival held annually each July at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. To learn more about Dickerson and his work, visit




Special thanks to Lisa Draine, Alan Goffinski & The Charlottesville Mural Project, Chloe Nagraj, and Julia Kwolyk for their work on the Public Art Exhibition.






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  • August 29, 2019 | 6:00PM
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