Arts, Film & Theater

40 North 88 West: Champaign County Arts Council

40 North is dedicated to fueling the growth and well-being of Champaign County by nurturing its arts, culture, and entertainment community.

Assembly Hall

The local premier event facility.  The home to the University’s basketball team hosts Broadway shows and top name acts September through May.

Beverly Cinema 18

Local multiplex with DLP Digital Projection in all auditoriums.

Boardman’s Art Theatre

This single screen theatre shows festival winners, French comedies, Japanese animations and other films off the beaten path. The Art Theater has been completely rehabbed with state-of-the-art sound and visual technology since it was built in the early 1920s, but retains its intimate, vintage ethos.

Boneyard Arts Festival

The annual Boneyard Arts Festival is a unique countywide event that takes place in 80 different venues. Sculptors, weavers, photographers, painters and other visual artists join musicians, dancers, actors, poets and other performers sharing their creativity.

Information about shops, dining, and upcoming events in the downtown Champaign area (where our offices are located).

Krannert Center for Performing Arts

Hosts over 300 events per year including ballet, theatre, live music, and showcases the Ellnora Guitar Festival annually.

Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival

Every spring, C-U native Roger Ebert takes over the historic Virginia Theatre to showcase the best off-beat films. He usually brings along the directors for Q & A sessions. See the website for examples of past programs. Get tickets early, because every show sells out.

Savoy 16

Local multiplex offering stadium seating, digital projection and sound, and often features the Metropolitan Opera series.

Station Theatre

Urbana’s intimate Station Theatre has a rich history of presenting avant-garde, quality productions year-round. Audiences fill up fast, so don’t hesitate when making a reservation.

That’s Rentertainment

An independent video store near campus. Amazing selection of anime, foreign, and offbeat films. A must for any movie-lover.

Virginia Theatre

The historic Virginia Theater, recently renovated back to its old-fashioned vaudeville glory complete with the original Wurlitzer pipe organ, Spanish Renaissance-inspired auditorium with gilded moldings, balcony seating, and a 56’ by 23’ movie screen that tucks away to make room for live acts.