Public Event

The Blues Brothers at The Varsity

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Date(s) - 04/05/2018
7:30 pm

The Varsity Center



John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd are the ‘Blues Brothers.’ The 1980 film will be screened at The Varsity in downtown Carbondale on Thursday, April 5. Admission is only $5.

‘The Blues Brothers’ screening up next at The Varsity

CARBONDALE – The Varsity presents the top movie in state history for its next screening date. Illinois residents recently picked “The Blues Brothers” as their favorite on a list of Illinois’ top 200 people, places and things. The list is part of the state’s bicentennial celebration.

The 1980 film, starring “Saturday Night Live” stars John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd, is scheduled for Thursday, April 5. Admission is only $5.

Directed by John Landis and written by Landis and Ackroyd, the movie focuses on Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from a musical sketch on SNL. It features musical numbers by R&B, soul and blues singers James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker.

The film is set in and round Chicago, where it was filmed. Guest stars include James Brown, Calloway, Franklin, Charles, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy, Paul Reubens, Frank Oz and Steven Spielberg.

The story is a tale of redemption for paroled convict Jake and his brother, Elwood, who set out on “a mission from God” to save from foreclosure the Catholic orphanage where they were raised. To do that, they have to reunite their R&B band and organize a show to earn the $5,000 needed to pay the orphanage’s property taxes. Along the way, they are targeted by a destructive mystery woman, Neo-Nazis, and a country and western band. As if that weren’t enough, they are pursued by police during all their zany adventures.

“The Blues Brothers” will be shown at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 5. Tickets are $5 and are available in advance online at Tickets also will be available at the door on the night of the movie, beginning at 7. That’s also when the Varsity Bar opens, featuring for sale local and other beer and wine, select cocktails, soda and snacks.

The movie is rated R for adult situations and language. Anyone under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

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