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“Beautifully restored”

The Virginia Theatre
Ranked #7 of 50 things to do in Champaign
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

We spend three days here at Ebert Fest. The restoration is amazing. SO beautiful. Very hard to find seats as it was sold out, and the rows weren't staggered much that I could tell, so seeing around heads was an issue-especially with subtitles. And tall people need an aisle since even my knees were against the seat in front of me. But it is a great project, and would love to go back. Downtown Champaign in general has come SO far since I was in school in the 80s.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

In town for the annual trek to Ebertfest, and what a difference a year makes for the Virginia Theatre! It is beautiful!

Do not expect the roomy comfort of modern cinemas. This is a restored theatre with one beautiful screen, new seats that are reminiscent of that period, new and clean bathrooms that are conveniently located, and probably not a bad seat in the house. There is a balcony that has a wonderful view, too! Enjoy!

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

This old theater that hosts the Eberfest each year is currently closed for refurbishing, restoring it to its past glory. The theater has undergone lots of renovation, but they are working now to restore the frescoes on the ceiling, and matching the paint to how it was years ago. It also features live performances. Will reopen for the 2013 Eberfest in April.

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Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

I used to volunteer at the theater and one of the best times to go is during Ebertfest (Film Critic Roger Ebert is from Champaign). They show several movies that Ebert picks out himself and frequently some of the actors or other people who were involved in the film show up. The festival is usually held in the spring.

The theater has been somewhat newly restored and is beautiful. A neat experience.

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

We attended a childrens' play at a local school since The Virginia was under renovation - while we didn't expect perfection at an alternate venue, the substitute was poorly suited to put on a play. My daughter had to stand the entire time to see anything...if a suitable location couldn't be found, they should have put this play on hold...the kids put in a lot of work and most people couldn't see it.

Thank Bev G
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