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 Gallery

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.

The Varsity Bar

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.

Our Board of Directors and Staff


Bill R. Robbins, President
Armen Asaturian, Vice President
Thom Mitchell, Secretary
Jeanne Ferraro, Treasurer

Nathan Colombo
Peter Gregory
Craig Hinde
P. Michael Kimmel
Jim Lambert
Antonio Salazar


Cara Recine, Executive Director
Gregory Kupiec, Building Manager
Wade Barker, Bar Manager
Teresa Garrison, Box Office Manager