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20+ Virginia Theatre Events this Winter

Virginia lights up the stage through the end of 2017! This winter at the Virginia Theatre, catch a variety of world class talent as well as delightful local and community productions.


A perfect holiday surprise for the kids is in store at Shopkins Live! on Thursday, December 7.  Packed with show-stopping performances, cool dance moves and the latest pop songs, it’ll be a memorable night for years to come.

On Saturday, December 9, the Virginia welcomes back Nashville artist, Andrew Peterson presenting his live show, Behold the Lamb of God.  This is a special repeat performance.



The Virginia’s historic and beautifully decorated Mezzanine Lobby has become a favorite backdrop for Holiday Card Photo Ops.  Call the theatre at 217-356-9063 to reserve time to get this year’s family pic during special dates in November and December.

Every December, Santa makes time to visit the Virginia.  Bring the kids for a free opportunity to Meet Santa, have a great photo op and drink some hot chocolate, on the house.  Dec 6, 13 & 20 from 5-7pm.


See a classic film or new favorite is a great way to spend time together during the cold winter months. Check out what we have coming up!

Ben Hur (1959) / Sat, Nov 11 at 1pm & 7pm.

The Best Christmas Movies Ever Series:
Home Alone (1990) / Mon, Dec 11 at 7pm
White Christmas (1954) / Tue, Dec 12 at 7pm
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) / Fri-Sat, Dec 15-16 at 7pm (with 1pm matinee on Sat)
Christmas Carol (1951) / Tue, Dec 19 at 7pm
Miracle On 34th Street (1946) / Thu, Dec 21 at 7pm
Arsenic & Old Lace (1944) / Saturday, Jan 13 at 1pm & 7pm
Dr. Zhivago (1965) / Sat, Feb 3 at 1pm & 7pm

The Virginia is also host to other film series and special movie events that are comprised of films from more recent decades.  Also included in the “Oscar Gold” theme happening throughout the years are:

Die Hard (1988) / Sat, Dec 2 at 7pm
Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) / Sun, Dec 17 at 1pm – This event starts with trolley rides, Santa in-person, hot chocolate and other fun activities.  This family fun event is only $3.
Rocky (1976) / Tue/Thu, Jan 2 & 4 at 7pm
Finding Nemo / Finding Dory – Special Double Feature! / Sat, Jan 6 at 1pm & 7pm
Braveheart (1995) / Tue/Thu, Jan 9 & 11 at 7pm
Chinatown (1974) / Tue/Thu, Jan 16 & 18 at 7pm
Slumdog Millionaire (2008) / Tue/Thu, Jan 23 & 25 at 7pm
Hidden Figures (2016) / Tue/Thu, Feb 2 & 4 at 7pm


On Friday, January 12, a writer and one of the country’s foremost comics, Paula Poundstone returns to the Virginia.  Her unscripted approach and quick wit makes for a comedy show like no other.

In February, the Virginia welcomes two exceptional local youth theatre productions.  On Feb 14-17, Champaign Central High School’s Drama Program presents Mary Poppins, The Musical. 

The Champaign Park District Youth Theatre then present their Winter Production on Feb 22-24.  Both programs have consistently impressed and delighted audiences with their ambitious productions.

During The Roger Ebert’s Film Fest (commonly known as Ebertfest), the Virginia has played host to world premiere movie screenings and to panel discussions with directors and filmmakers such as Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Guillermo del Toro, Norman Lear and actors such as Patton Oswalt, Tilda Swinton, Jason Segel and Chaz Palminteri.  Passes are on sale now! Be a part of this extra special, 20th Anniversary celebration coming in April 2018.

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