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Address: 126 West Church Street, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
Phone Number: +1 217-355-0068
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Charming

Movie night with the husband turned into romantic night out. Thanks to cute indie film, bag of popcorn, cocktail and adorable venture, I felt like I was transported to a romantic... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 July 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015

Movie night with the husband turned into romantic night out. Thanks to cute indie film, bag of popcorn, cocktail and adorable venture, I felt like I was transported to a romantic movie set.

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Northwest Illinois
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2015

I love supporting small art theaters whenever possible so on a recent trip to Champaign I was thrilled to be able to catch the Oscar nominated live action shorts at this venue. It's convenienty located in downtown Champaign around the corner from a parking garage (free on the Saturday night we were in town), and close to lots of restaurants... More 

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2014

We LOVE the Art. It's a great place to catch a new indie flick, or one of their frequent showings of older classics. This place is the reel deal (get it??), it looks basically the same as it did 50 years ago. I love the intricate design of the building, and the intimate setting for more interactive shows. They have... More 

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Thank Sarah3M
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2014

This theater is co-operatively owned and the folks running it are doing it obviously from a great love of the space itself and its history and the kinds of films they are able to present. We loved that so much of the original art deco features were still intact, including a fabulous (but unused) ticket booth outside that we hope... More 

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Terre Haute, IN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2014

I have been watching movies at the Art in downtown Champaign once or twice a month for 18 years. It is one of my favorite cinemas in the world! It offers a fascinating, ever-changing repertoire of art, independent, horror, sci-fi, and foreign films as well as many annual film festivals. Just this year I have enjoyed Tim's Vermeer, The Holy... More 

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Champaign, Illinois
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64 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2014

The new multiplex theaters have as much character as a warehouse. They are based on economy of construction with concrete block walls everywhere. The Art Theater is a true theater and has the appearance that you expect. It is simple, but attractive - inside and out. The films shown are always thoughtfully selected and worth seeing. On thing that makes... More 

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Champaign, Illinois
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

Such a nice change from the gigantic, cold, boring, neon bright multiplexes. This felt cozy, personal, and special. Had an awesome time at this theater!

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Thank MLFsmiles13
Carlsbad, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

We saw "Much Ado About Nothing" on a Sunday afternoon, a delightful film in a lovely theatre. It's so nice that the theatre is being used. It was a treat to have a glass of wine while we watched the movie. The theatre is a coop. If I lived in Champaign, I would definitely join.

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Thank elswells
Champaign, Illinois, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013 via mobile

The Art is the class act of movie theatres in Champaign-Urbana. It's where we go for art films, indy and experimental films, first run interesting Hollywood films, unique events, and other grown-up cinematic experiences. Roger Ebert watched films here growing up and subsequently helped the place survive several near-death experiences. Many community members provide ongoing support as well. The back-killing... More 

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Champaign
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

The Art Theater is community owned--not city owned or privately owned, but owned and managed by membership. This experiment has worked out very well so far, maintaining the Theater's reputation as the place to see the films that the conglomerates overlook, including a great many films that win or are nominated for major international awards. That said, the ticket prices... More 

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