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 Gallery is our event room and visual art display space. Visual art collections are rotated monthly. Gallery display viewing hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and during events. The Gallery also is available for meetings, receptions and more. Call us at (618) 457-5353 for room rental information.
Inside the Gallery space, you'll find The Varsity Bar, where patrons can purchase local and other traditional and craft beers and wines, select cocktails, soda and other non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.
Bill R. Robbins, President
Armen Asaturian, Vice President
Thom Mitchell, Secretary
Jeanne Ferraro, Treasurer
P. Michael Kimmel
Cara Recine, Executive Director
Gregory Kupiec, Building Manager
Wade Barker, Bar Manager
Teresa Garrison, Box Office Manager