Open-house visitors get firsthand look at Virginia Theatre's renovations

CHAMPAIGN – Sunday afternoon's Virginia Theatre open house brought back pleasant memories for Mary Wood of Champaign, whose son, Steve Wood, worked there as a manager in the 1970s.

Welcome to Champaign!

I thank the gentleman from the other side of the Birkenstock Curtain for his report.

But I respectfully suggest that if his desire is truly to illuminate the high points of the temporary home of our neighbors to the east, he has left out a few items.

Park board views Virginia marquee redesigns

CHAMPAIGN – As they work toward a final blueprint, members of the park district board on Monday saw a designer's version of the new marquee to ornament the Virginia Theatre next year.

Board to pick from 3 Virginia marquee finalists

CHAMPAIGN – Park board members on Monday will see and likely choose from among "three basic concepts" for the new Virginia Theatre marquee.

The only details the park district would release about the designs this week was that "they're all rectangular," said Laura Auteberry, director of marketing and development for the Champaign Park District.

Documentary wins two Mid-America Emmys

URBANA – Jay Rosenstein's documentary "The Lord Is Not on Trial Here Today" has won two Mid-America Emmy awards – one for historical documentary and the other for writing.

'Ed Wood' next in Danville library series on 'Movies about Movies'

DANVILLE – The Danville Public Library continues its six-month "Movies about Movies" film discussion series with a free screening of the 1994 comedy "Ed Wood" at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

The screening will take place in the first floor meeting room of the library, 319 N. Vermilion St.

Video: Alloy Orchestra

The Alloy Orchestra at Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign on Friday, April 23, 2010.

Ebertfest coverage

We will use this space to compile our coverage of the 2010 Ebertfest.

Video: Ebertfest finale

Grand finale at the 12th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival at the Viriginia Theatre in Champaign on Sunday, April 25, 2010.

12th annual Ebertfest closes out on a bunch of high notes

CHAMPAIGN – The 12th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival – one of the more intense yet, Director Nate Kohn said – ended with festivalgoers dancing and waving their arms as a star of the last film sang live on the Virginia Theatre stage.