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Virginia Theatre
203 West Park Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820

Box Office Hours:
Weekdays, 10am – 5pm
and two hours before every show.

Phone: 217.356.9063


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Individual Festival Pass: $200 plus a per-ticket processing fee of $10

4-Pack of Festival Passes: $700 plus a per-ticket processing fee of $9

University of Illinois Student Festival Pass*: $150 plus a per-ticket processing fee of $8

(*UIUC student festival passes are only available at the Virginia Theatre - sorry, no online or phone sales. Students must present a valid iCard at the time of purchase and again when picking up their pass).

WED, APR 19, THRU SAT, APR 22, 2023

Chaz Ebert and the College of Media at Illinois proudly present the 2023 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, IL.

The final slate of 2023 Ebertfest films has been announced. Click here for details!

For the complete 2023 Film Schedule, visit

Reserved seating festival passes may be purchased at the box office, online at, or charge by phone at 217/356-9063.

First launched in 2022, "reserved seating" means that patrons purchasing an Ebertfest pass can now choose a specific seat which they get to keep for all four days of the festival.

Each year, a limited quantity of festival passes is made available in advance, with individual tickets (also sold as reserved seating) to the films going on sale Monday, April 3, 2023.

The greatest value, an Ebertfest pass allows access to all twelve (or more) movie screenings during this celebrated four-day event held annually at the Virginia Theatre, with additional talks and panel discussions programmed at sites around Champaign-Urbana and on the University of Illinois campus.


  • All films shown at the Virginia Theatre, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign IL, 61820.

  • A festival pass grants you admission to all screenings and talk-backs.

  • Only festival passholders are allowed to remain inside the theater between screenings.

  • Individual tickets to all the films will go on sale Monday, April 3, 2023, at 10am.


Roger Ebert’s Film Festival celebrates films, genres, and formats that have been overlooked by distributors, audiences, and/or critics. These include independent, international, and studio films that did not win wide audiences, overlooked formats such as 70mm, and overlooked genres such as documentaries and musicals.

The festival screens one film at a time – so that everyone sees the same films – promoting a strong sense of community among audience members, filmmakers, guests, students, and scholars.

It was founded by Roger Ebert, an Urbana native, U of I journalism graduate, and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.

For more, visit


As well as pass and ticket sales, Roger Ebert’s Film Festival relies on generous gifts from donors and sponsors. Gifts of all sizes are vital to the festival and can be made as an option among the funding choices at The College of Media’s website:

For additional sponsorship options, visit the Ebertfest website:


In accordance with guidance from Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health, beginning February 28, 2022, the wearing of face masks is considered optional in Champaign Park District facilities, including the Virginia Theatre.

Patrons are still welcome to wear a face mask while at the Virginia, and the theatre will continue to provide complimentary masks to those who wish to wear them.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Champaign Park District has implemented the following mitigation practices at the Virginia Theatre in accordance with guidelines set by federal, state, and local public health authorities:

  • Additional cleaning and disinfecting, with a focus on touch surfaces, door knobs and push plates, railings, auditorium seating, restroom facilities, and countertops.

  • Touchless hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the Theatre’s lobbies and work spaces for use by patrons, volunteers, staff, and production personnel.
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