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

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

Upcoming Films

All film tickets are $5 unless otherwise indicated.

Ticket sales are available in advance online or at the door before the show.

Doors and bar open 30 minutes prior to screening.


The Varsity Bar and Concessions  features beer, wine, select cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages,
snacks and popcorn. All proceeds support ongoing renovation and operations. 

Friday the 13th (1980) (R)

7 p.m. Friday, July 13
Doors and Varsity Bar Open at 6:30

It’s not just the heat that is killing this summer! What better way to mark an unlucky Friday the 13th than with this horror cult classic?

One of the longest-running horror film series began with this gory shocker from director Sean S. Cunningham, who had previously produced Wes Craven's classic “Last House on the Left.” Its creation was prompted by the success of John Carpenter’s “Halloween.”

The movie tells the story of entrepreneur Steve Christie (Peter Brouwer) who re-opens Camp Crystal Lake after many years of being shut down because it has been cursed by murders and bad luck.

“Friday the 13th” is rated R for adult situations and language, sex and graphic violence. Anyone under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) (R)

7 p.m., Friday, July 20
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6:30

Three gunslingers compete to find fortune in a buried cache of Confederate gold amid the violent chaos of the American Civil War while participating in many battles and duels along the way. The Man With No Name (Clint Eastwood) and Tuco (Eli Wallach) are gunmen who admire each other professionally but dislike each other personally.

Encountering a group of dying soldiers, Tuco learns the location of the graveyard where a Confederate treasure is buried, while the Man With No Name learns the identity of the exact grave. Joined by mercenary drifter Sentenza (Lee Van Cleef), they cross the desert, each of the desperadoes knowing part of the secret and each focusing his squinty eyes on the $200,000 bounty.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/wrLEVv-Lh7U

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” is rated R for language and graphic violence. Anyone under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Moonstruck (1987) (PG)

7 p.m., Friday, July 27
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6:30

It’s the Full Moon on July 27 and to celebrate The Varsity will show the romantic classic “Moonstruck.” 

In her Oscar-winning role, Cher plays Loretta Castorini, an Italian-American widow and bookkeeper whose timid fiancé can’t decide between her and his mother. 

Against her better judgment, Loretta falls in love with her fiancé's estranged brother (Nicolas Cage), a bakery worker with a love of opera and life.

Supporting actress Olympia Dukakis and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley also won Oscars in this comedy classic.

“Moonstruck” ranks No. 8 Best Romantic Comedy by American Film Institute.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/M01_2CKL6PU

Do the Right Thing (1989) (R)

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6:30

In anticipation of the release of Spike Lee’s Cannes-winning upcoming film “Blackkklansman” coming out Aug. 13, The Varsity is screening Spike Lee’s classic film.

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, bigotry smolders. Mookie (Spike Lee) is a

25-year-old delivery man raising his son with his girlfriend, Tina (Rosie Perez). He works at the local pizzeria. 

Sal (Danny Aiello), the pizzeria's Italian-American owner, has been in the neighborhood for 25 years. His older son Pino (John Turturro) and Mookie intensely dislike each other.

When regular customers Buggin’ Out and Radio Rahem demand that Sal put some Black Americans on the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame, the fight spills into the street, where the police insert themselves. When one officer chokes Rahem to death, the community fights back.

The film received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Aiello's portrayal of Sal the pizzeria owner. Do the Right Thing is listed on the top 100 American Movies ever made by the American Film Institute.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/IU1eINF-c9A

“Do the Right Thing” is rated R for adult situations and language, sex and graphic violence. Anyone under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian.