I can say without a doubt that the Varsity Theatre is my favorite thing on Franklin Street. That seems like litotes.
The Varsity is in my top five things about Chapel Hill (well, not counting human beings). It’s a tradition of mine is to dedicate at least one column a year to that warm little theater with its luminescent crown in the middle of Franklin. Every time I step foot in the theater, I know it will only be a few minutes before I melt into my seat with (delicious and so, so buttery) popcorn in hand and forget about the world outside.
The Varsity remains one of the best things about Chapel Hill because it represents a community of film lovers and patrons of the arts. Every year the Varsity does something new to surprise me.
In this month alone, I attended two amazing events that the Varsity hosted: Pauper Players’ production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and the Ackland/Chapel Hill Film Society hosted the Polish film “The Lure” on Monday night to celebrate the spooky season.
Just these two events show the effort the Varsity makes every month to interest so many factions of the community.