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In-person Ebertfest returns to Champaign’s Virginia Theatre

The marquee at the Virginia Theatre marks the return of Ebertfest in April 2022.

CHAMPAIGN – Wednesday kicks off the first day of the return of Ebertfest, Champaign’s annual film festival named in honor of late University of Illinois alumnus and film critic Roger Ebert. 

The festival will feature films from Wednesday to Saturday including “The Phantom of the Open,” “Ghost World,” and “Nightmare Alley.” 

Movies shown at Ebertfest are chosen two ways: from the pool of films reviewed by Roger Ebert or by the festival team, including his widow Chaz Ebert.

The films are shown at The Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, which seats nearly 1,400 people.

The 2020 Ebertfest was canceled as a result of COVID-19 precautions.

This year’s special guests include director Guillermo Del Toro and Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips. 

Gilbert Gottfried, a comedian known for voicing the parrot Iago in Aladdin, was scheduled to appear at the festival this year, too. But the actor passed away in New York last week.

Click here for a link to Ebertfest information.

2022 Film Schedule  
Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. Summer of Soul
Thursday 9:30 a.m. The Phantom of the Open
Thursday 1:30 p.m. The 39 Steps
Thursday 4:00 p.m. Gilbert
Thursday 8:00 p.m. French Exit
Friday 9:30 a.m. Passing
Friday 2:00 p.m. Golden Arm
Friday 4:30 p.m. The White Tiger
Friday 8:30 p.m. Ghost World
Saturday 10:00 a.m. Siren of the Tropics
Saturday 1:30 p.m. Krisha
Saturday 4:00 p.m. Soy Cubana
Saturday 8:30 p.m. Nightmare Alley

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a Sophomore studying journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Aside from working as an intern with WILL, she is an investigative reporter and editor at The Daily Illini. Farrah started reporting for the Commercial-News and the News-Gazette while in high school in Danville, Illinois.

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