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DRACULA (1931) – News-Gazette Film Series

January 21, 2017

Date/Time(s): Sat, Jan 21, 2017 – 1pm and 7pm
Seating: General Admission
Rating: PG

Tickets: $6   
Add’l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)


(75 min) Universal’s 1931 production of Dracula is a lot of things. It’s badly paced, riddled with continuity errors, and ridiculously stagebound a good portion of the time. It’s also atmospheric, chilling, and contains one of the most influential and oft-imitated performances in the history of cinema.

Based more on the stage adaptation by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane than Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula opens on a carriage passing through the Transylvanian mountains. Inside is Renfield (Dwight Frye), a real estate agent visiting Count Dracula for the final paperwork. After a hassle with the superstitious villagers, he arrives at the count’s castle, and is greeted by a gentleman in a tuxedo and cape (Bela Lugosi) who introduces himself: “I am… Dracula.” From there, we are whisked away (and occasionally dragged along) on a journey into the macabre and seductive world of vampirism.

Join us one Saturday each month as we screen the most beloved classic films of all time. Virginia Theatre organist David Schroeder performs on the Virginia’s historic Wurlitzer Pipe Organ at most News- Gazette screenings, and film critic Chuck Koplinski leads discussions after all of our evening screenings. NEW this year: before each 7pm News-Gazette film, take a trip back in time with a short sing-a-long with David at the Wurlitzer and our historic glass slides as your guide! The Virginia Theatre houses one of the largest collections in the country of these unique glass slides, each set printed with the lyrics to a classic tune from days gone by. Warm up your pipes and bring the whole family!



January 21, 2017
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Virginia Theatre
203 W. Park Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820 United States
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