• Have a merry, dysfunctional Christmas with the Griswolds at The Varsity

    December 04, 2018
    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” returns to The Varsity this year on Friday, Dec. 21.

    The third National Lampoon Vacation movie reunites Chevy Chase (Clark Griswold) and Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen Griswold) with director John Hughes. This time, Clark attempts to give the Griswolds "the most fun-filled old-fashioned family Christmas ever." He’s gone a bit overboard with a trip to the woods for the tree, 25,000 outdoor lights, oversized presents, and way too many relatives. Add in uninvited cousin Eddy (Randy Quaid) and his clan, who show up in their camper and the dysfunction and comedy mount.
    Clark is expecting a large Christmas bonus that will cover the cost of the surprise backyard swimming pool he already ordered. But when the boss cuts the bonus, he snaps.

    The equally funny supporting cast includes Johnny Galecki and Juliette Lewis as the Griswold kids, E.G. Marshall and Doris Roberts as one set of grandparents and John Randolph and Diane Ladd as the other. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Nicholas Guest play Clark’s nemesis neighbors.
    “Christmas Vacation” is rated PG-13.
    Don’t miss your chance to see this perennial holiday favorite on the big screen.  7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Tickets are $7 in advance at thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. Student tickets are $5 with ID. Tickets are not available in advance at the venue until the doors open on the night of the screening.
    Doors and The Varsity Bar open at 6:30 p.m. The bar features wine, beer, select cocktails other beverages, snacks and popcorn.
    The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. To keep up with events at the venue, go to www.facebook.com/varsitycenter.