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Champaign - 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!


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.

Tricia Whitcomb

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Thus venue hosts many wonderful family-friendly events. It Is a beautiful, historic looking building, inside and out. I do not know it's history, but we have enjoyed numerous events here.

Kirby Pringle

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
One of the most beautiful old surviving movie houses in Downstate Illinois. Great staff and owned by the Champaign Park District, which maintains the theater with great care. Nice variety of programming. We are lucky to have a facility like this.

Linda Hays

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
It's a great place to go for any of their awesome events. I love the plays and great older movies. The concerts are always delightful.

Laura Lange

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
Beautiful historic theater! I love when they show old movies during the holidays. Prices are very fair for tickets and concession. Keep in mind that this is a historic theater with original seats so there aren't cupholders, but it's just a small price to pay for the ambiance you won't get in any new age theaters.

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