KATHY GRIFFIN

Show Type: COMEDY
Date/Time(s): 
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 - 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm)
Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets: $49.00
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $4 (online only)

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Friday, November 14, 2014
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Exceptional Artists
proudly present
KATHY GRIFFIN

When it comes to Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders, she's outrageously wild and downright hilarious!

Two-time Emmy winner, NY Times best-selling author, five-time Grammy nominee, and Broadway darling KATHY GRIFFIN makes her first-ever appearance in Champaign, Illinois, at the historic Virginia Theatre on Friday, January 23, for an evening of rapid fire wit.

For more information on Kathy, visit www.kathygriffin.net.

Click here to download the complete press release.

THE SECOND CITY Hits Home!

Show Type: COMEDY
Date/Time(s): Sat, Feb 21, 2015 - 7:30pm
(doors open at 6:30pm)
Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets: $18 - $45 (VIP) 
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $2 (online only)

 

 

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Friday, August 8, 2014
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The world’s #1 name in comedy is coming to C/U! Central Illinois gets in on the laughter as The Second City takes on all the news that’s fits to twist. The biggest headlines! The hot-button issues! And it’s all served up with a side of that famous Chicago-style improv. Don’t miss your chance to see the superstars of tomorrow live on stage now — when The Second City Hits Home!

For more information, visit http://www.secondcity.com/

BILL COSBY

Show Type: COMEDY
Date/Time(s): CANCELLED Sat, April 11, 2015 - 4:00pm and 8:00pm
(doors open at 3:00pm and 7:00pm)
Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets: N/A

 

Presented by Nitelight Promotions and the Champaign Park District




11/21/14: The Champaign Park District has announced the cancellation of two appearances by Bill Cosby originally scheduled at the Virginia Theatre for Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Full refunds will be issued to patrons who have purchased Bill Cosby tickets from the Virginia Theatre. These refunds will be available at the Virginia Theatre Box Office, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign, beginning at 10:00 A.M. (CST) on Monday, November 24th.

For questions regarding ticket refunds for Bill Cosby, please call the Virginia Theatre box office (open M-F 10:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.) at 217-356-9053.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Show Type: OPEN EVENT
Date/Time(s): 
SATURDAY November 29,
3P.M. - 6P.M.
Seating: General Admission
Tickets: None required, FREE event!

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Virginia Theatre HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Ho ho ho!

You and yours are cordially invited to join us at the Virginia for a special Holiday Open House! We've decked the halls, trimmed the tree, and even set up the model train!

Free to attend, this annual tradition at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign includes great snacks, beautiful music, tours and more – and you can even get some early holiday shopping done. The Virginia Box Office will be open during the Open House this year, so you can find the perfect gift for that special person on your list!

• Hear David Schroeder perform on the Virginia's 1921 Wurlitzer pipe organ
• Enjoy carolers from the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company
• Savor theatre concessions including $1 Hot Chocolate and Free Popcorn
• Take a behind-the-scenes tour
• Warm up before the Parade Of Lights
• FREE ADMISSION!

*Feel free to share photos online during this festive event! Instagram: @thevirginiatheatre

 

A Special Encore Screening of "4-4-43"

Show Type: FILM
Date/Time(s): 
Wednesday and Thursday, December 3 and 4, 2014 - 7pm
Seating: General Admission
Rating: PG-13

Tickets:
- $5 Standard
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

- FREE for Veterans and Active Duty Military Service Personnel (avail. at box office)

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4-4-43 (2014)

On the morning of April 4, 1943, ten American prisoners-of-war and two Filipino convicts commenced perhaps the most impossible mission of World War II - they broke out of the Davao Penal Colony, an allegedly escape-proof Imperial Japanese Army prison plantation in the Philippines.
Called 'the Greatest Story of the War in the Pacific' by the U.S. War Department in 1944, the account of the escape and the atrocities they endured at the hands of their captors - including the infamous Bataan Death March - has been all but lost to history. Until now.

As seen through the eyes of Lt. Col. William Edwin Dyess, one of the war's most extraordinary, yet little-known heroes, this astonishing, true action adventure tale is finally told in full in this groundbreaking new documentary film.  Visit http://4-4-43.com/ for more.

(50 minutes)

 



FROM HERE TO ETERNITY: THE MUSICAL (2014)

Show Type: FILM
Date/Time(s): Sun, Dec 7, 2014 - 2pm (doors open at 1pm) 
Seating: General Admission
Rating: R

Tickets: 
$10  Standard
$5  Veterans and Active Duty Military (available at box office only)
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

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Sir Tim Rice will speak via Skype at the Virginia Theatre's screening of From Here to Eternity: The Musical! The lyricist for "The Lion King", "Evita", and "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will join this special program in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Sunday, December 7, at the Virginia Theatre in Downtown Champaign.

From Here to Eternity: The Musical (146 minutes)
Three-time Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-winning author and lyricist Sir Tim Rice will introduce, via Skype, a special screening of a filmed performance of his new stage play, From Here to Eternity: The Musical, at the historic Virginia Theatre on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Members of Urbana VFW Post #630 and Marine Corps League #1231 will be present to observe the day of remembrance and to present a color guard, and a panel discussion about the musical will immediately follow the screening. An exhibit on the military history of the time will be on display in the theatre’s eastern lobby. General Admission tickets are $10 each ($5 each for all veterans and active duty military service personnel) and may be purchased at the Virginia Theatre box office, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign, by phone at 217-356-9063, or charge online here at thevirginia.org. Presented by the Champaign Park District, with support from Forced Perspective Entertainment, Inc.

Adapted from James Jones’ classic 1951 novel about army life set in 1941 Hawaii - at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor - and produced and with lyrics by Tim Rice, From Here to Eternity: The Musical was filmed specifically for movie theatres over two nights at London's famous Shaftesbury Theatre. This exclusive first look at Rice’s acclaimed new stage production was shot earlier this year, prior to the play’s Broadway debut (scheduled for 2015).

Both Mr. Rice’s introductory remarks and the talk-back will be streamed live online by Forced Perspective Entertainment (watch this space for the link!), at no cost to viewers. Panelists include Ray Elliott, past president of the James Jones Literary Society and military advisor to From Here to Eternity: The Musical; Valleri Robinson, Associate Professor of Theatre, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Jeff Nelson, film and theatre critic. Patrons will also be invited to view a special exhibit of military artifacts set in the theatre’s eastern lobby. The exhibit is presented and curated by Bill McLane.

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the year the original film version of From Here to Eternity swept the Academy Awards, winning eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. The 1951 novel from which the film and stage adaptations were taken won the National Book Award and appears on the Modern Library 100 Best Novels List.

Read the full press release here

Tons O' Fun Band & Friends 9TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW

Show Type: MUSIC
Date/Time(s): Sat, Dec 6, 2014 - 7:30pm
(doors open at 6:30pm)
Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets: $10 - $25 (VIP)
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $2 (online only)

 

 

Presented by Lite Rock 97.5-WHMS FM, Newstalk 1400-WDWS, and Classic Hits 107.9-WKIO

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Each year, a band of brothers fills the silent nights of December with harmony, music and fun. This delightful holiday concert event features TOFB performing many of your seasonal favorites...with some surprise guest appearances. Proceeds benefit Developmental Services Center's 'Tree of Hope' Campaign.

For more information, visit http://www.dsc-illinois.org/events_fundraisers/treeofhope/treeofhope.html

STRAIGHT NO CHASER

Show Type: MUSIC
Date/Time(s): 
- Wed December 10 - 7:30p
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30p
Seating: Reserved Seating
Tickets:
- $39.50 - $49.50 
Add'l (per ticket) processing fees apply:

 - $4 Online Only
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NiteLite Promotions is proud to present

STRAIGHT NO CHASER

‘Happy Hour Tour 2014’

 

Straight No Chaser (SNC) have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. The HAPPY HOUR TOUR comes on the heels of the release of ‘Under The Influence’, their fourth album release through Atlantic Records. The album features contributions from superstars Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Phil Collins, Dolly Parton and more! Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense... and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act!

Tickets available at the box office, charge by phone at 217.356.9063, or online at thevirginia.org.

More info at: www.sncmusic.com

 

THE BEACH BOYS

Show Type: MUSIC
Date/Time(s): 
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 - 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets:
$59.50 - $99.50
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $6 (online only)

 

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TICKETS ON SALE:
Friday, October 31, 2014
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M-F 10am-5:30pm
203 W. Park Ave.
Champaign, IL  61820

Pacific Coast Concerts
proudly present
THE BEACH BOYS

The Beach Boys, one of America's greatest rock bands, return to central Illinois for one night only, Monday, December 15th, at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 A.M., Friday, October 31st, at the Virginia Theatre Box Office (open 10:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., Monday through Friday), by phone at 217-356-9063, or here www.thevirginia.org. Limit of ten (10) tickets per patron on the first day of sales.

Originally formed in the LA suburb of Hawthorne by brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine, The Beach Boys captured the charts in the 1960s with thirty-six Top 40 songs about the timeless pleasures of surfing, cars and romance. The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, have sold over 100 million records around the world, and are listed at Number 12 in Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Artists of All Time.

Their hit singles include "I Get Around", "Fun Fun Fun", "Surfin' USA", "Be True To Your School", "Little Surfer Girl", "Sloop John B", "Little Deuce Coupe", "Don't Worry Baby", "Wendy", "Help Me Rhonda", "Good Vibrations", "Barbara Ann", "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "God Only Knows", "Caroline, No" and "Sail On Sailor".

In 1988, The Beach Boys had a number one song again with "Kokomo", their salute to a fictional island in the Caribbean, which has been adopted as the theme song by the Hosier State community of Kokomo, Indiana.

For this tour, lead singer, songwriter and band leader Mike Love is joined by longtime Beach Boy Bruce Johnston (who joined the group in 1964) on keyboard and vocals. [Dennis Wilson drowned in Los Angeles in 1983, Carl Wilson died of cancer in 1998, and Brian Wilson tours only rarely.] In addition to the Beach Boys catalog of over thirty classic hit singles, they will also perform several songs from their landmark 1964 album, "Beach Boys Christmas", including the hits "The Little Saint Nick" and "The Man With All The Toys".

For more information, visit www.thebeachboys.com or www.thevirginia.org.

Beach Boys 'Club Kokomo' VIP Upgrade
The Beach Boys 'Club Kokomo' Fan Club is offering a special VIP Upgrade to patrons who have purchased tickets to see The Beach Boys at the Virginia Theatre on December 15th. The VIP Upgrade entitles patrons to a 1-hour Meet & Greet and Q&A with The Beach Boys, access to a pre-concert sound check, photograph with the band, plus an autographed VIP Access Badge and USB drive loaded with 2 albums of exclusive VIP-only re-mastered content. The VIP Upgrade is $150.00 and does not include admission to the show — you must have already purchased a ticket from the Virginia Theatre if you want to purchase this upgrade. The Beach Boys 'Club Kokomo' VIP Upgrade is available for purchase through the fan club only at 877-606-9222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)

Show Type: FILM
Date/Time(s): Sat, Dec 13, 2014 - 1pm and 7pm
Seating: General Admission
Rating: G

Tickets: $6
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

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Some Like It Hot (120 minutes)
When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women…but complications set in. With Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.

 Watch for the mention of Urbana, Illinois!

HOLIDAY INN (1942)

Show Type: FILM
Date/Time(s): 
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 7PM
Seating: General Admission
Rating: G
Tickets: $4
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

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Holiday Inn (1942) 
One of our favorites! Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby pair up perfectly with Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale in this romantic holiday classic.

At an inn (which is open only on holidays), a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

For more information, please call the box office at 217-356-9063. Hope to see you there! 

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)

Show Type: FILM
Date/Time(s): 
Wednesday and Thursday, Dec 17-18, 2014, at 7:00 P.M.
Seating: General Admission
Rating: G
Tickets: $4
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)  
Edmund Gwenn (as one 'Kris Kringle') made us all believe in Santa Claus again in this beloved 1947 classic.

A kindly old man who claims to be Santa Claus, Kringle is institutionalized as insane, but a young idealistic lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

Show Type: FILM
Date/Time(s): 
Friday and Saturday, December 19-20, 2014 at 7:00 P.M.
Seating: General Admission
Rating: G
Tickets: $4
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

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It's A Wonderful Life (1946)  
There may be no other motion picture more closely associated with a national holiday. 'It's A Wonderful Life' tells the touching story of Clarence, an angel who helps a compassionate but despairing businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. With James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.

C-U AT THE VIRGINIA: SONGS FOR THE DECADES

Show Type: MUSIC
Date/Time(s): Wed, Dec 31, 2014 - 7:00pm
(doors open at 6:15pm)
Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets: $22 - $24
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $2 (online only)

 

Presented by The Chorale

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This celebration of song will include music from the 1940's, 50's and 60's including 'Yesterday','Moon River', 'Hey, Good Lookin' and 'Singin' in the Rain'.

The CHORALE, under the direction of Founding Director Julie Beyler, proudly welcomes award winning barbershop quartet After Hours as guest performers.

Ring out the old year with a rousing sing-along with Michael Hammer at the Wurlitzer!

Proceeds help support The Chorale's Young Artist Scholarship program. 

 

For more information, visit http://www.thechorale.org/

 

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WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957)

Show Type: FILM
Date/Time(s): Sat, Jan 24, 2015 - 1pm and 7pm
Seating: General Admission
Rating: G

Tickets: $6
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

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Witness For The Prosecution (116 minutes)
Charles Laughton upstages everyone in this fun courtroom drama/comedy. Leonard Vole is arrested on suspicion of murdering an elderly acquaintance. He employs an experienced but aging barrister as his defense attorney. With Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich.

PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)

Show Type: FILM
Date/Time(s): Sat, Feb 14, 2015 - 1pm and 7pm
Seating: General Admission
Rating: G

Tickets: $6
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Philadelphia Story (112 minutes)
Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart star in one of the most popular romantic comedies of all time! When a rich woman’s ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

STEAMBOAT BILL JR (1928)

Show Type: FILM
Date/Time(s): Sat, Mar 28, 2015 - 1pm and 7pm
Seating: General Admission
Rating: G

Tickets: $6
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

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Steamboat Bill JR (70 minutes)
This 1928 feature-length comedy silent film features Buster Keaton and has come to be regarded as a masterpiece of its era. Released by United Artists, the film was the last product of Keaton’s independent production team and set of gag writers.

GILDA (1946)

Show Type: FILM
Date/Time(s): Sat, April 4, 2015 - 1pm and 7pm
Seating: General Admission
Rating: PG

Tickets: $6
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

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Gilda (110 minutes)
Gilda is an essential 1946 American black-and-white film noir directed by Charles Vidor. It stars Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth in her signature role as the ultimate femme fatale. In 2013 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

17th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival

APRIL 15-19, 2015


Show Type: FILM
Time(s): TBA
Seating: General Admission

Tickets:

Festival Passes - $145 (available 11/1/14)
Add'l per pass processing fees apply (online, phone or box office):

- $2.75 service fee (per festival pass)

- 2.5% credit card fee (per festival pass)

Individual Film Tickets (available 4/1/15)
- $14 Regular Admission
- $12 Senior
- $12 Student

Ebertfest
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Festival Passes:
ON SALE AT 10:00 A.M.,
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2014



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The College of Media at Illinois presents the 17th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival!

Held every April inside downtown Champaign’s Historic Virginia Theatre, Ebertfest continues its proud tradition in 2015 with its 17th annual film festival.

Festival passes go on-sale starting at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 1st, 2014, here at www.thevirginia.org, at the Virginia Theatre box office, and by phone at 217.356.9053.

Patrons buying a festival pass will receive a confirmation ticket for each pass they purchase. Confirmation tickets must then be exchanged for an actual pass - the ones you wear on a lanyard around your neck. The actual festival passes will become available for pick up at the Virginia Theatre box office beginning Monday, April 13, 2015.

Ebertfest Documentary [2013]

HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940)

Show Type: FILM
Date/Time(s): Sat, May 30, 2015 - 1pm and 7pm
Seating: General Admission
Rating: G

Tickets: $6
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

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His Girl Friday (92 minutes)
His Girl Friday is a fast-talking 1940 American screwball comedy directed by Howard Hawks, from an adaptation by Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur of the play The Front Page by Hecht and MacArthur. A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter (and ex-wife) from remarrying. With Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.

ON THE TOWN (1949)

Show Type: FILM
Date/Time(s): Sat, June 20, 2015 - 1pm and 7pm
Seating: General Admission
Rating: G

Tickets: $6
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

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On The Town (98 minutes)
Ranked as one of the best musicals of all time! Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up. With Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)

Show Type: FILM
Date/Time(s): Sat, July 11, 2015 - 1pm and 7pm
Seating: General Admission
Rating: PG

Tickets: $6
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

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Double Indemnity (107 minutes)
The seminal 1944 American film noir, directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and produced by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom. The film stars Fred MacMurray as the insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as the provocative housewife who wishes her husband were dead, and Edward G. Robinson as the claims adjuster whose job it is to find phony claims.

NASHVILLE (1975)

Show Type: FILM
Date/Time(s): Sat, Aug 8, 2015 - 1pm and 7pm
Seating: General Admission
Rating: R

Tickets: $6
Add'l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

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Nashville (159 minutes)
The 2014-2015 Virginia Season closes out with the extraordinary 1975 epic musical drama directed by Robert Altman. A winner of numerous awards and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, Nashville is generally considered to be one of Altman's best films. The movie takes a snapshot of people involved in the country music and gospel music businesses in Nashville, Tennessee.

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