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

(618) 457-5353

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


All tickets are $7 or $5 for students with a valid ID unless otherwise indicated.

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

Doors and The Varsity 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. 


In addition to what's highlighted on this page, you can view a complete list of upcoming

Art House: Uncle Boonmee

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27
$7 / $5 for students with ID
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6:30

The Cannes-winning film  is a unique tale of a man embracing life’s greatest mystery. Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. 

Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long-lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave – the birthplace of his first life.

In 2010, a jury led by American Director Tim Burton declared “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” the winner of the Palme d’Or, the highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It was the only Thai film to ever win the Palme d’Or.

“Uncle Boonmee ..."  is not rated.

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqlD_VnsM-k

Friday Flicks: The Maltese Falcon

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28
$7 / $5 for students with ID
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6:30

In 1539, the Knights Templar of Malta paid tribute to Charles V of Spain by sending him a golden falcon statuette encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels, but pirates seized the galley carrying this priceless token, and the fate of the Maltese Falcon remains a mystery to this day. And, so opens one of the classiest classic films of all time.

The words appear at the beginning of “The Maltese Falcon” as the 1941 film opens. John Huston’s directorial debut starred Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.

“The Maltese Falcon” was written and directed by Huston. The story is based on Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 novel of the same name. It follows a San Francisco private detective (Bogart) and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain the jewel-encrusted falcon statuette.

Go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a9YU1SVbSE to watch the official movie trailer.

Friday Flicks: Rosemary's Baby

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5
$7 / $5 for students with ID
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6:30

Fifty years ago, “Rosemary’s Baby” was lauded by audiences and critics, and it remains an all-time great horror film. That’s why The Varsity has chosen to screen the frightening flick to open a month of special movies. 

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ira Levin, “Rosemary’s Baby” was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry for being historically and culturally significant. Today, the film is widely regarded as a classic. 

The film, directed by Roman Polanski in his first American film, centers on a young Catholic housewife, Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband, Guy, portrayed by John Cassavetes. The couple moves into a New York City building full of scary stories of terrible events. Rosemary unexpectedly gets pregnant – after a drug-induced nightmare of being raped by a beast – and begins to suspect that an evil cult wants to take her baby. Rosemary is quickly plunged into a shroud of suspicion and mental agony.

“Rosemary’s Baby” is rated R for adult situations, language and violence.

Art House Film: “Meek’s Cutoff”

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11
$7/$5 students with ID
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6:30

The film stars Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood and Paul Dano. 

The movie is set in 1845, and is based on a true story. 

Three families are guided west by the crude, mythomaniac con man Stephen Meek, but what was supposed to be a two-week journey, via what became known as the Meek Cutoff, stretches into five weeks. With no relief in sight, tensions rise as water becomes increasingly scarce and supplies run low. 

The wives look on as the husbands discuss what to do, unable to participate in the decision making. The dynamics of power begins to shift when they capture a lone native and hold him captive in the hopes he will lead them to water. Meek argues that the native can't be trusted. But, the gender dynamics shift as the search for water becomes desperate and the women assert themselves.

“Meek’s Cutoff” is not rated.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEmL9at6JT0