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The Virginia Theatre continues impacting C-U community

The Virginia Theatre continues impacting C-U community

November 12, 2014

At night, The Virginia Theatre is lit by the dim lights recessed on the walls. The children on stage rehearsing for “A Christmas Story” present a far different scene from the vaudeville shows of yesteryear. The big names haven’t stopped coming to the theater, but even the smaller names still get th...

Virginia Theater guided tours showcase building’s history and renovations

Virginia Theater guided tours showcase building’s history and renovations

By Abrar Al-Heeti

June 2, 2014

At a time when theaters ushered in large, eager crowds who came to watch live performances and movies frequently, a brand new theater opened its doors for the first time on Dec. 28, 1921. It was named the Virginia Theater, and it still stands today at 203 W. Park Ave. in Champaign. Nearly 94 years af...

Ebertfest 2014 to maintain message, atmosphere of late host, founder

By Declan Harty

November 7, 2013

For the first time in its 16 years, Ebertfest is being planned without longtime host and co-creator Roger Ebert — University alumnus, Urbana native and the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. Ebert passed away in April 2013 due to thyroid and salivary gland cancer, leaving behind many thing...