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

(618) 457-5353

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, Illinois. Our building, the former location of the historic Varsity Movie Theater, is currently undergoing re-branding and renovation. At present, we have two of our three performance spaces up and running, including the newest: The Balcony Stage, a 137-seat listening room and small performance area 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 Bar

Patrons can purchase local and other traditional and craft beers and wines, select cocktails, soda and other non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks.

Our Board of Directors and Staff


Bill R. Robbins, President
Armen Asaturian, Vice President
Thom Mitchell, Secretary
Justin Walker, Treasurer

Nathan Colombo
Peter Gregory
P. Michael Kimmel
Stage Company Representatives:
Jim Lambert

Brandyn McGhee
Susan McLernon
Antonio Salazar

Cara Recine