The Varsity will join the City of Carbondale’s Halloween celebration in a big way. Movies, music and two special events are planned for Oct. 25 and 26. We’re showing a double feature on Friday, and the Invincible Czars will be returning for a late show on Saturday.
Friday, Oct. 25
“Beetlejuice” will be screened at 7 p.m. The 1988 movie stars Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones. A ghostly couple engage the services of a veteran scaremeister: a yellow-haired, snaggle-toothed, profane, flatulent "gonzo" spirit named Beetlejuice (Keaton). Rated PG for adult situations and language, violence.
At 10 p.m., come see and play along when the Varsity screens “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The movie stars, among others, Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick. It’s rated R; those younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Enjoy the cult classic, complete with callbacks, props, dancing and the induction ceremony. Have you never been to a showing before? Don’t know the steps to the Time Warp? Confused about your feelings for Frank? Don’t panic! Ms. Demeanor and her cast of characters will make you feel right at home as they bring you into the Rocky Horror family. Active participation prop bags are $1.
Entry for each movie is $7 or $5 for students with ID. Tickets are available at https://www.thevarsitycenter.eventbrite. Tickets are not available in advance at the venue but can be purchased on the venue 30 minutes before each screening.
Saturday, Oct. 26
The Varsity bar will be open from 1 p.m. to midnight. It’s open container on this day, so you can stop in for a special spooky cocktail, then hang out under the marquee for free, live music from 1 to 6 p.m.
Free screenings of classic horror movies will be running in the balcony in the afternoon. Catch “Fear in the Night” at 1 p.m., “Horror Express” at 3 p.m., and “Night of the Living Dead” at 5 p.m.
At 10 p.m., The Invincible Czars will present “The Cabinet of Dr. Calagiri,” a 1920s silent film and original score performed live. “Dr. Caligari” is considered by many to be the first German Expressionist film and the first great motion picture in the horror genre. The film tells the story of a mysterious traveler who arrives in a small village to showcase his somnambulist (sleepwalker) at the local fair. Shortly after, a series of murders leads people to believe Dr. Caligari and his sleepwalking assistant might be responsible.
The Invincible Czars have been performing their own scores for early 20th century silent films for nearly a decade. Fans, theaters and media have praised the group for making these old, silent movies actually scary for modern audiences, employing costumes, sound effects and audience interaction, in addition to performing their scores, which complement the tone and emotion on-screen at any given moment.
Tickets are $12 in advance at www.thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. Advance tickets are not available at the venue but can be purchased for $15 at the doors when the Varsity opens at 1 p.m.
The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. To keep up with more upcoming events, go to www.facebook.com/varsitycenter.