123 E. Franklin Street,
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Varsity Theatre, Chapel Hill (Official)
Previous Names: Carolina Theatre, Village Theatre
- Carolina Theatre
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News About This Theater
- Jan 12, 2015 — "Varsity Theatre closing in on digital fundraising drive" From Chapel Hill, NC
- Apr 3, 2012 — The Varsity and Chelsea theaters keep costs low by showing releases later
- Dec 7, 2010 — Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill celebrates first year after reopening
- Nov 9, 2009 — Iconic Chapel Hill Landmark Theatre To Reopen
- Nov 5, 2009 — Varsity to re-open as bargain cinema
- Jul 6, 2009 — Smaller theaters struggle to keep pace in recession
- Jul 2, 2009 — Varsity Theatre closes its doors forever
- Jun 1, 2009 — Lights may dim at the Varsity Theatre
Opened as the Carolina Theatre on September 26, 1927, it had a seating capacity for 703, and a Robert-Morton theatre organ was installed. In later years it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary H.F. Kincey. Wilby-Kincey built a New Carolina Theatre in 1942, and this theatre was renamed Village Theatre. On May 4, 1951 it became the Varsity Theatre.
Tammy Conner writes:
“Extremely short in the front but when you get in you are lead down an illuminated hallway to a very dark theatre. Mind you she is looking rather dated in styling and décor, she more than compensates for running rare indie films and well just for being a classic old theatre.
Amazingly enough she is located on the next block and quarter mile down from the Carolina Theatre in Chapel Hill. Very cool indeed."
Sadly, the Varsity Theatre was set to close on May 29, 2009, which was postponed to June 4, 2009. However, it was reopened in November 2009.
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