418 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois 62901, United States

A historic visual and performing arts venue in downtown Carbondale, IL.

About The Varsity Center

Who We Are

We are a performance art venue and event center in downtown Carbondale, IL. Our building, the former location of the the historic Varsity Movie Theater, is currently undergoing re-branding and renovation.

At present we have two of our three performance spaces functioning, including the newest -- the Balcony Stage -- a 137 seat "listening room" with state-of-the art light and sound.  

In 2017, through community support, we were able to equip both of our functioning performance spaces with film screening equipment. Bringing movies back to The Varsity was a big step in our revitalization efforts. 

The Varsity Gallery

The Varsity Gallery is our event room and visual art display area. It also hosts our bar.

Visual art collections are rotated monthly. Gallery display viewing hours are Tuesday - Friday from 2 - 5 pm.

The Gallery is available for meetings, receptions, and more. Call us at (618) 457-5353 for room rental information.

The Stage Company

The Varsity Center is also the home to The Stage Company Community Theater. To see their schedule of performances and for ticket information visit stagecompany.org or call (618) 549-3465.