Share memories of the Virginia

Share memories of the Virginia

The Virginia Theatre will reopen in April and wants to hear your favorite moments.

Since the historic downtown Champaign theater opened in 1921, it has been scene to the tapping of dancers' toes, the flicker of the movie projector, and the connections made at Ebertfest to name a few, according to a news release.

In preparation for the grand reopening, members of the public are invited to share their fondest memories of the Virginia on the theater's website, http://www.thevirginia.org. Folks can go to the site, select the "Share Your Memories" tab, click "Leave Message" and type away. The memory message will be submitted to the Virginia staff and will soon show up on the website for all to see.

Memories already shared include a wedding, tales of stage fright, late nights working at the theater and of the Wurlitzer organ, which has been newly restored.

The recent restoration effort has kept the theater closed for more than a year. From 1 to 5 p.m. April 13, the public is invited to see the results of preserving the architectural details of this landmark, take a tour of the restoration work and hear about the exciting findings that were uncovered throughout the process.