The Varsity in Carbondale has movies again

Movies return to The Varsity

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - After receiving enough money to buy in-house projection equipment, the silver screen at the Varsity Center in Carbondale is lit once again.

Since being built in 1940, the theater has seen movies come and go.

Board member Nathan Colombo said they have been playing a few flicks here and there over the past few years, but on borrowed equipment.

"Now that we've gone through a fundraising process, we've started showing movies on a more regular basis, we have permanent infrastructure that allows us to be able to show movies whenever and however we need to," he said.

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The films lined up to play vary from modern day classics to older films. Colombo says the theater will double as a place for local filmmakers to premiere their work.

"When folks have their different projects that they want to share, we operate as an open and available place for them to do so," he said.

Colombo says the films will be playing on Friday nights.

The theater has 137 seats, and for those who can't access the theater, they may watch the features free of charge in the Varsity bar area.

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