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Champaign, IL Virginia Theater ~ marquee

The Virginia Theater was designed by C. Howard Crane in 1920 and it opened in 1921. The exterior is is in the Italian Renaissance style and is all gorgeous terra cotta (search me photostream for some close-ups). The interior is designed in the Spanish Renaissance style. Interestingly, the Virginia Theater was not constructed for any one of the major theater chains but commissioned by a local contractor A.W. Stoolman and he named it after his daughter (if you were wondering why a theater named Virginia happens to be in downtown Champaign, IL).

 

The Virginia Theater closed in 1992, and went through a series of owners before being purchased by the Champaign Park District in 2000. They have been slowly restoring the theater.

 

It's a venue for local productions, signature movies, touring companies, and the Roger Ebert Film Festival.

 

The Virginia Theater is on the National Register #03001201.

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Taken on July 16, 2009