The Arthouse Experience film series will partner with Illinois Public Media and the Virginia Theater for the 2022-23 season. This series features artistic films and post-screening discussions with directors, producers, and other special guests. 

The first in the series is Jojo Rabbit, a beautiful, funny, haunting film directed by Taika Waititi. It’s Wednesday, September 21st at 7 p.m. and is $7 a ticket. 

Additional details, including the entire film series schedule, is below.

ARTHOUSE EXPERIENCE FILM SERIES, presented by Illinois Public Media, returning to the Virginia Theatre for 2022-2023 season

Screenings to include award-winning art films, Ebertfest favorites, and regionally-produced documentaries featuring special guest speakers and more.

Champaign, IL – The Champaign Park District has announced that Illinois Public Media will partner with the Virginia Theatre, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign, to present the 2022-2023 ARTHOUSE EXPERIENCE FILM SERIES. The series will feature a specially-curated selection of monthly art film screenings along with regionally-produced documentaries, which will include special guest speakers and additional programming. Each film will be followed by a post-show discussion and in some cases an on-stage talk by directors, producers, and other special guests. $7.00 general admission tickets are available for each film in the series at the Virginia Theatre box office, online at, or charge by phone at 217/356-9063. Presented by Illinois Public Media, home of WILL-TV, WILL-AM, and WILL-FM.

Described as limited-release, high-quality titles that have captured the imagination of movie lovers, the Virginia Theatre’s Arthouse Experience Film Series is programmed each season by special guest curator Sanford Hess. The movies that Mr. Hess selects—a mix of award-winners, Ebertfest favorites, and recent classics—are presented one Wednesday each month on the Virginia’s 52-foot wide movie screen with state-of-the-art surround sound.


9/21/2022           JoJo Rabbit  (2019)

10/19/2022        Queen & Slim (2019)

11/9/2022           They Shall Not Grow Old (2019)

12/14/2022        The Band’s Visit (2007)

1/25/2023           The French Dispatch (2021)

2/8/2023             My Octopus Teacher (2020)

3/8/2023             Title to be announced

4/26/2023           Let the Right One In (2008)

5/31/2023           The Two Popes (2019)

6/14/2023           Mullholland Drive (2001)

7/12/2023           Baraka (1993)

Additional special documentary titles, dates, and guests to be announced throughout the season.

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For interview requests, please contact Mitch Marlow at 217-819-3936 or email [email protected]

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