Theaters and Performance Venues
Catapult into the drama of the performing arts as you experience classical music, theatrical comedy and drama, artisticfilms and new-release movies. Witness nationally acclaimed and award winning directors, actors and musicians at cultural venues all within walking distance from each other in downtown and on UNC's campus.
The Varsity Theatre
123 East Franklin Street
The Varsity Theatre has been a landmark of Chapel Hill and Franklin Street for over 50 years. Since the Sorrell building was built in 1927, it has always housed a movie theater, starting with the original Carolina Theater and then the Village Theater before becoming home to the Varsity. In November 2009 new owners took over and gave the Varsity a new life creating a downtown destination for all. Cosmetic improvements have given the theater an old time feel as well as allow the landmark space to be utilized for social gatherings and parties. The theater shows a mix of classic and new movies.