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The Virginia Theatre

203 West Park Avenue

Owned and operated by the Champaign Park District since 2000, the Virginia Theatre is an historic performing arts center and movie palace that hosts concerts, stage plays, dance, spoken word, children’s events, films, comedy, private parties, corporate events, the Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, meetings and more. Since 1921, the 1463-seat Virginia has been a Champaign-Urbana landmark, offering entertainment first as a vaudeville house, legitimate theatre, and movie house. Now fully restored, the Virginia is ideally positioned to resume its role as vibrant community center, active performance space, and bustling cinema!


Catherine Carithers

Sunday, June 10, 2018
The lady checking us in was very friendly & helpful. Had wonderful seats with easy access for the two of us who do not walk as easily. Good sound quality and lighting. Thoroughly enjoyed the recital.

Missy Isles

Sunday, April 1, 2018
Really pretty venue! Saw Weird Al there with my husband. The staff were really friendly and helpful. Only critique is that there is very little leg room. I'm 5'4”, and my knees were pressed uncomfortably into the tow ahead of us. My husband is 5'10”, and he had to sit on the arm rest at times. We we're in the very back at the end of a row. Other than feeling cramped, it was a great hall, and the concert was wonderful!

Golden Neckbeard

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
Since I haven't really been here when it's acting as a venue this review only applies to its function as a theater. The place is beautiful - really, it merits a star from me just as an architectural object. They really nailed the restoration. The seats are comfortable and the staff is excellent. The projection looks great and the sound is good (only slightly less enveloping than you'd have at a modern commercial theater). No beer or wine is a tough sell in 2018. There's a sort of niche-market-serving element at play here were the Art Theater up the street specializes in new / weird stuff and the Virginia focuses on the classics. I totally get why this is a good strategy for both of them but I do wish the Virginia would routinely be bolder in its selection even inside that focus. Seeing 2001 and Chinatown on the big screen was excellent, but opportunities like those are rare at The Virginia. A quick glance at their upcoming screenings shows... Gone With The Wind, Driving Miss Daisy, Ghost, Road House, and Signin' In The Rain. Hardly inspiring, to me.

Rachel V

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Beautifully restored and easy parking. Some shows seem a little pricey but very nice, all-volunteer staff are kind and helpful. Thankfully they purchased more comfortable seating for the balcony so all seats are now comfortable. Accoustics are good.

Kathryn Wilson

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Perfectly restored vintage theater. Good venue for all sorts of performances, not just movies. Huge screen, comfortable seating and popcorn!

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