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)
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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

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
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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
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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.

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
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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
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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
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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
www.ebertfest.com

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
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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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