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More than the movies: 17th Ebertfest brings sense of community

The Champaign Park District announced the lineup for performances at the Virginia Theatre for the 2017 to 2018 season. Performers include ZZ Top and Lily Tomlin.

By Annabeth Carlson, Assistant features editor

April 20, 2015

In The Virginia Theatre’s gold, ornate rooms, the aroma of popcorn wafted through the air Wednesday night as people socialized and took programs from ushers. Outside, the theatre’s sign illuminated the reason behind the commotion: 17th annual Ebertfest. Ebertfest, founded by the late-movie critic and Univ...

‘The Son of the Sheik’ brings silence fascination to Ebertfest

By Earn Saenmuk

April 18, 2015

It wasn’t my first time at Ebertfest, but this time, I went into The Virginia Theatre nervous, wondering what it would be like to watch a silent film. “The Son of the Sheik” is the first silent film I have ever seen, but it is also the only film created before 1980 that I’ve ever seen, as it wa...

Academic Senate endorses hiring policies report

By Abigale Svoboda

March 10, 2015

On Monday, the academic senate voted to recommend changes in hiring policies at the University in response to the handling of Steven Salaita’s appointment earlier this year.The resolution — presented by history professor Mark Steinberg — endorsed the final report of the Hiring Policies an...

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...

‘Born on the Fourth of July’ features veteran’s search for love, acceptance

‘Born on the Fourth of July’ features veteran’s search for love, acceptance

By Stephanie Kim

April 28, 2014

I walked into The Virginia Theatre only knowing that “Born on the Fourth of July” starred a young Tom Cruise as a soldier in the Vietnam War. What I didn’t know was that the 1989 film would be more than a depiction of war atrocities – it was a look into the human soul. Director Oliver Stone ad...

Life-size statue commemorates Roger Ebert

Life-size statue commemorates Roger Ebert

April 22, 2014

Roger Ebert spent just the first quarter of his life in Champaign-Urbana, but a statue of the late film critic will live forever just outside of The Virginia Theatre. Announced in September, just five months after Ebert died from years of battling cancer, the life-size bronze sculpture depicts the ...

Q-and-A: Filling Roger Ebert’s shoes

The marquee at The Virginia Theatre during Roger Ebert's Film Festival. 

April 22, 2014

The associate director of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, Mary Susan Britt, speaks about the film festival’s advancement after the passing of film critic Roger Ebert.  The Daily Illini: What was the deciding factor for Roger when he chose which movies to screen? Mary Susan Britt: Roger always chose...

Couple collects tokens, memories at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival

Diane and Gary Stensland of Urbana showcase their memorabilia from past Roger Ebert’s Film Festivals. Together, the couple has attended 12 Ebertfests and plan on attending this year’s Festival.

By Annabeth Carlson

April 22, 2014

In Diane and Gary Stensland’s Urbana home, stacks of books with topics ranging from Abraham Lincoln to weather are found in every room, and photographs of their family, friends and travels paper the walls. Diane and Gary are just shy of 70 years old, and these items tell the story of their life. One...

Roger Ebert’s reviews inspire, resonate love for film

Roger Ebert looks on in downtown Chicago.

By Declan Harty

April 22, 2014

From his review of “La Dolce Vita” in 1961 for The Daily Illini to his final Chicago Sun-Times review of “To the Wonder,” Roger Ebert published countless film reviews. Even with the ever-changing film industry, and hundreds of sub-par films, one of Ebert’s lifelong loves was the cinema. “H...