The Varsity Theatre

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123 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 123 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill Directions
+19199678665
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97% of 678 customers recommended

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Report | 7 days ago
Not too crowded normally, so always a good experience. And you can buy beer/wine there so it's uber convenient.
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Report | 20 days ago
Great space, they seem beer with your movie! And good location for nice walk and ice cream after.
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Report | a month ago
Catch a double feature!! Best rainy day activity EVER!! with young teens!!
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Report | 11 months ago
Best deal on movies and snacks in town!... Would love to see more 'artsy', indie and foreign films there, though. ...What about cult classics, marathons, themes, etc... the high road might pull in more regulars... Similar to what the Carolina Theatre
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Report | 11 months ago
This is a clean, family friendly local theater. Not only is it easy on the budget, it is also a grwat way to unwind and have a date or family night out. Great staff too!
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Report | 11 months ago
Sweet old fashioned theater in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill where you can see a movie for a great price. I love to buy the Groupon deals and take my son and a whole gang of his friends.
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Report | a year ago
One of the rare theaters that pops their own popcorn.
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Report | a year ago
Great value and nostalgic experience. Check days and times online since they play several different movies on varying days. Best deal in town.
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Report | a year ago
I was a weekly regular when I was a student in the late 1970s. It was a great experience for both me and my 15-year-old niece--she thought it was "cool" to be in an old (as in venerable!) downtown theatre.
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Report | a year ago
I would describe the Varsity Theatre as a retro, diamond in the rough. I went there many times as a child and think with just a little tweak here and there, it could become even more popular.
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A Franklin Street icon, the recently renovated Varsity Theatre has entertained audiences and cineastes for more than 50 years with screenings of current blockbusters, cult flicks, indie films, and classics. A vintage marquee beckons audiences to file into comfy seats as 35mm and digital projectors project movies onto screens. Along with regularly scheduled showings, The Varsity also holds special events such as film forums, dinner-and-movie specials, or interviews with John Wayne's neckerchief. Groups can rent out the theaters for birthday parties, corporate functions, or special events, with multiple media services and catering options available.

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Many people described the Experience as Great.
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Many people described the Movie as Enjoyable.
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Many people described the Price as Great.
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Many people described the Theater as Acceptable. Others thought:
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  • Acceptable
  • Clean
  • Decent
  • Friendly
  • Historic
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  • Small
Many people described the Staff as Friendly.
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