The Champaign Park District has been closely following CDC recommendations to help reduce the spread of COVID 19 including facility closures — which include the Virginia Theatre — and program cancellations. Following Illinois Governor Pritzker’s March 31st announcement extending the statewide “stay at home order”, the park district’s closures and cancellations will now be extended through April 30.
Also, per Gov. Pritzker’s order, all playgrounds will be closed to the public beginning Saturday, March 21 at 5pm. District parks remain open for walking, hiking, running and biking as long as park users comply with social distancing requirements.
Programs may be subject to rescheduling or refunds. To seek a program refund, reach out to the program’s staff contact by phone or email if possible.
CHAMPAIGN PARK DISTRICT’S VIRGINIA THEATRE TO SUSPEND PUBLIC EVENTS
[NOTE: This posting was updated 5/22/20]
Champaign, IL—The Champaign Park District is suspending all public events scheduled at the Virginia Theatre, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign, Illinois, 61820, beginning Saturday, March 14, 2020, through Sunday, June 14, 2020.
The Champaign Park District has been closely following Center for Disease Control and Champaign-Urbana Public Health District guidelines concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has implemented district-wide public health measures among its facilities, staff, and volunteers.
To continue in this effort to minimize the risk of community spread of the Coronavirus, the Champaign Park District has taken the further step of working with its community presenting partners to suspend all public events at the Virginia Theatre March 14 through June 14.
From June 15 through September 30, 2020, the Virginia Theatre will be closed for renovation as the Champaign Park District works to install a new concert sound system at the facility.
The public events affected by the spring 2020 suspension are listed below. Many of these events are to be rescheduled, with the new dates indicated.
Patrons who had previously purchased tickets to attend these events should hold onto their tickets pending notification of reschedule, as their original tickets will still be honored at the new date(s). Any patron unable to attend a given event at its rescheduled date may request a full refund once that date has been announced.
Patrons holding tickets to an event that has been cancelled without plans to reschedule will receive a full refund.
For more information, please consult the Virginia Theatre website at www.thevirginia.org or call 217/356-9063.
Please note that the Roger Ebert Film Festival (April 15 through 18, 2020) was previously cancelled by the event organizers on March 12, 2020.
VIRGINIA THEATRE EVENT SUSPENSIONS:
Steven Ball, Wurlitzer organ concert, 3/14/2020 | NEW DATE: 11/28/20
ReWind Bad Movie Monday: Escape from New York, 3/16/2020 | Cancelled
The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists, 3/20/2020 | NEW DATE: 3/20/21
News-Gazette Film Series: On The Waterfront, 3/21/2020 | Cancelled
An Evening with Renee Elise Goldsberry, concert, 3/26/2020 | NEW DATE: 11/14/20
The Moth Main Stage, spoken word, 3/28/2020 | NEW DATE: 11/7/20
Gordon Lightfoot, concert, 3/30/2020 | NEW DATE: 10/6/20
Hello Goodbye, Dance Arts recital, 4/4/20 and 4/5/20 | Cancelled
Champaign Park Honors, award ceremony, 4/9/2020 | Cancelled
Apollo 13, film screening, 4/11/2020 | To be rescheduled
EBERTFEST, 4/15/20 to 4/18/20 | Cancelled (2020 passes will be honored at 2021 festival)
David Sedaris, spoken word, 4/22/2020 | NEW DATE: 12/2/20
ReWind Movie Series: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, 4/25/2020 | Cancelled
News-Gazette Film Series: Cool Hand Luke, 4/26/20 | Cancelled
The Jungle Book KIDS, youth theatre, 4/30/20 to 5/2/20 | Cancelled
CU Ballet presents Coppelia, 5/8/20 and 5/9/20 | Cancelled
The American Soldier 1774-2015, 5/23/2020 | NEW DATE: 4/24/21
Glenn Miller Orchestra, 5/30/2020 | NEW DATE: 12/13/20
For more information, contact Steven Bentz at 217/819-3902 or email .
The Virginia Theatre is an historic performing arts center and movie palace located in Champaign, Illinois. Owned and operated by the Champaign Park District, the Virginia has been providing entertainment to the community since 1921.