ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Piedmont Virginia Community College is hosting Free Movie Fridays to showcase popular and culturally relevant films.

On Friday, September 20, the school will host a screening of the concert documentary Amazing Grace, featuring performances from Aretha Franklin. It's a chance for students and community members to see films they may not normally have access to.

"We are the community's college and it's a great way to outreach to the community to bring interesting films they might not normally have a chance to see and it gives out students an opportunity to access important cultural events," said Beryl Solla, Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at PVCC.

The movies are held on the third Friday of each month throughout the fall and spring semesters. A full list of films is not yet available, but the school does plan to show Once Upon a Time in Hollywood this year.

09/10/2019 Release from Piedmont Virginia Community College:

Charlottesville, VA – Piedmont Virginia Community College’s 2019-20 Fine Arts and Performance season continues on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., with a screening of the concert documentary “Amazing Grace,” starring the late Aretha Franklin. The film will be shown in the Main Stage Theatre in the V. Earl Dickinson Building on PVCC’s Main Campus in Charlottesville as part of the Student Art Club’s Free Movie Friday series.

Over two nights at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972, cameras recorded Franklin and the Southern California Community Choir as she recorded her “Amazing Grace” live gospel album. However, Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack’s footage of the concerts was never released. Following the death of the iconic signer-songwriter, Franklin’s family made an arrangement to release the film, which has been met with critical acclaim.

The Free Movie Friday series is held on the third Friday of the month and features popular and critically acclaimed movies shown free of charge. Free tickets will be handed out, one per person, as the doors to the theatre open at 6 p.m. No advance tickets are available. For more information, contact Beryl Solla at or call 434-961-5362.

The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive. Ample, free parking is available and the building is wheelchair accessible.

A full list PVCC’s Fine Arts and Performance events is available online at