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

(618) 457-5353

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

TICKETS

All tickets are $7 or $5 for students with a valid ID, and $2 for children 10 and younger unless otherwise indicated.

Ticket sales are available in advance online only at Eventbrite.com. They are available at the venue only on night of each show. 

Doors and the Varsity Bar open 30 minutes prior to screening.

THE VARSITY BAR

The Varsity Bar and Concessions  features beer, wine, select cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

All proceeds support ongoing renovation and operations. 

Christmas Vacation

Chevy Chase stars in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13
$7 / $5 for students with ID
$2 Kids 10 and younger
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6:30


This 1989 comedy was directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon’s “Vacation” film series and was written by John Hughes, based on his short story in National Lampoon magazine, “Christmas ’59.” The film stars Chevy Case, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki. In the movie, the Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. Since its release in 1989, “Christmas Vacation” has often been labeled as a modern Christmas classic. It is also the only sequel in the “Vacation” series to have spawned its own direct sequel: a 2003 made-for-TV release titled “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure.” (1989) 


Rated PG-13


General admission tickets are $7 or $5 for students with ID, $2 for kids 10 and younger. They are available in advance at Eventbrite (see link). They are not available in advance at the venue, but can be purchased the night of the show when doors open. Doors and the Varsity Bar open at 6:30. 

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Michael Caine and the Muppets star in "The Muppet Christmas Carol."

4:30 and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20
$7 / $5 for students with ID
$2 Kids 10 and younger
Doors and Varsity Bar at 4


Michael Caine, surrounded by legions of fuzzy, felt puppets, plays it straight as the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who could care less about Christmas and the joy the season brings. Working for the skinflint is his faithful employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), who begs Scrooge for a day off for Christmas. Scrooge reluctantly agrees and goes home on Christmas Eve filled with bile at the holiday merrymakers. He is visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, and Scrooge, after revisiting his sorrowful past, hate-filled present, and doomed future, turns over a new leaf and becomes the most generous and celebratory person in town. (1992) 


Rated G


General admission tickets are $7 or $5 for students with ID, $2 for kids 10 and younger. They are available in advance at Eventbrite (see link). They are not available in advance at the venue, but can be purchased the night of the show when doors open. Doors and the Varsity Bar open 30 minutes before each screening. 

It's a Wonderful Life

Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart star in "It's a Wonderful Life."

6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

$7 / $5 for students with ID
$2 Kids 10 and younger
Doors and Varsity Bar at 5:30


This American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama was produced and directed by Frank Capra. It stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers.) Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched, and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be if he had never been born. “It’s a Wonderful Life was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made. Capra revealed that this was his personal favorite among the films he directed, and that he screened it for his family every Christmas season. (1954) 


Rated G


General admission tickets are $7 or $5 for students with ID, $2 for kids 10 and younger. They are available in advance at Eventbrite (see link). They are not available in advance at the venue, but can be purchased the night of the show when doors open. Doors and the Varsity Bar open at 5:30. 

White Christmas

Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, Bing Crobsy and Vera Ellen in "White Christmas."

4:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22
$7 / $5 for students with ID
$2 Kids 10 and younger
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6:30


White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. It features the songs of Irving Berlin, including a new (at the time) version of the title song, “White Christmas,” introduced by Crosby in the film “Holiday Inn.” The movie tells the story of a successful song-and-dance team who become involved with a sister act; they team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former World War II commanding general. The film is notable for being the first to be released in VistaVision, a widescreen process developed by Paramount that entailed using twice the surface area of standard 35mm film. (1954) 


Rated G


General admission tickets are $7 or $5 for students with ID, $2 for kids 10 and younger. They are available in advance at Eventbrite (see link). They are not available in advance at the venue, but can be purchased the night of the show when doors open. Doors and the Varsity Bar open 30 minutes before each screening.