Virginia Theatre postpones future shows

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — One theater in town has decided to postpone its events until April 2021.

“You know it’s been such an extraordinarily difficult time for everyone,” says Virginia Theater Director Steven Bentz.

The Champaign Park District said it has suspended public and private events at the Virginia Theatre because of coronavirus safety concerns.

“Everyone I think is concerned about what happens this fall… about what comes next. And we’re seeing the numbers, the infection rate of Illinois, trend upwards and as the fall approaches, and people start going back indoors for entertainment, dining, and education, we all have some concerns as to what that means.”

This decision also puts shows many people look forward to each year on pause. Several events have been postponed as well such as Ebertfest, That’s What She Said, and Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Another popular event that will be rescheduled is CU’s Got Talent. It is a fundraiser that supports local charities in the area. The Champaign West Rotary Club hosts the talent show each year.
Past President Mike Hirschi says theaters aren’t the only ones facing trouble.

“Charities… Non-profit’s that have these big fundraisers … are hurting,” Hirschi shares.

Plans for next year’s talent show are currently being discussed. But Bentz says he wants to make one thing very clear.

“We are trying to avoid words like closed when we talk about the Virginia, because the truth to the matter is it’s taking good care of the facility while it’s pausing programmings and suspending programs.”

Tickets to all suspended events will be honored at their rescheduled dates.

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