CARBONDALE — Movies are back at The Varsity Center, which for years functioned as downtown Carbondale's movie theater.
Movies are now shown in the venue’s East Theater and in the Balcony, each of which features a new full-size screen.
There are several films on the calendar in March and April, and The Varsity’s movie advisory group is hard at work on special showings and series to fill out the rest of 2018.
Unless otherwise stated, movies are $5 per person and begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at thevarsitycenter.org and at the door on the night of the showings. Doors and the Varsity Bar open at 7. The bar is stocked with beer, wine, select cocktails, spiked coffees, Excel and other soda, snacks and popcorn. All proceeds from the bar go to directly support Varsity operations.
Here’s what’s coming up:
“Once,” Saturday, March 17: A special showing for St. Patrick’s Day; the 2007 Irish romantic, musical drama has now been made into a successful Broadway musical and tells the story of a talented busker and an equally talented immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. (Rated R)
“Bull Durham,” Friday, March 30: Showing to celebrate the opening of the Major League Baseball season; a movie that’s popular with fans of the game and of Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner. In the 1998 film, Sarandon plays a fan who always has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season. This season, she meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him. (Rated R)
“Friday the 13,” Friday, April 13: This 1980 slasher film tells the story of a group of teenagers who are murdered one by one by an unknown killer while attempting to reopen an abandoned campground, (Rated R)
“The Big Lebowski,” Friday, April 20: The 1998 crime comedy was written, directed and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen and stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker, stoner and avid bowler. A case of mistaken identity throws him into a world of hurt, and he seeks the help of his bowling buddies to set things right. (Rated R)
The Varisty Center raised money through a "Filmraiser" late last year in order to install the necessary equipment to show movies.