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Jonathan P.
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Report | 6 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
DERRICK H.
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Report | 6 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!
Shayna T.
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Report | 6 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.
Paula B.
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Report | 7 months ago
One of the rare theaters that pops their own popcorn.
Gregory M.
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Report | 7 months ago
Great value and nostalgic experience. Check days and times online since they play several different movies on varying days. Best deal in town.
Melanie R.
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Report | 7 months 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.
Jeanne W.
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Report | 7 months 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.
Bonnie W.
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Report | 7 months ago
They yook my Groupon the first time and was then unable to use agsin. I saw no popcorn.
Shivani S.
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Report | 8 months ago
This theater is worth it for the price. But, this is not a normal theater - its older and you definitely get what you pay for. The movie projector quality is not stellar.
Julie K.
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Report | 8 months ago
Don't forget to get popcorn! It is delicious at The Varsity!
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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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