Before the Varsity Theater provided a platform for local and national music acts it provided the University of Minnesota's Dinkytown a theater and later a commercial photography studio. The history of the Varsity Theater dates back to 1915 where it started as a vaudeville showplace and then showcased movies. In its more recent past the Varsity went through an extensive remodel which is the Varsity Theater that we know and love today.
It is locally owned and operated by Jason McLean who is dedicated to revamping the Dinkeytown area by owning not only the Varsity, but the Loring Pasta Bar as well. He also operates the Kitty Cat Club, both venues are just a few steps away from the Varsity Theater.
The Varsity Theater Minneapolis hosts not only local and national concert acts, but private parties as well. Their atmosphere appeals to not only the concert going crowd, but local businesses or individuals who are seeking a unique place for their event. Many local acts (Motion City Soundtrack, Whitelight Riot, Ari Herstand, Cloud Cult) have graced the Varsity's stage and have since gained national recognition and praise. National acts (The Lemonheads, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Bravery, Sondre Lerche) are alos a regular occurence on the Varsity Theater Schedule. There is no genre unwelcome at the Varsity, which offers an eclectic mix of events.
What makes the Varsity different than other night clubs in the Twin Cities area is its atmosphere. Instead of your usual concrete floor in your favorite bar, the Varsity Theater has traded that in for carpeting and lavish rugs throughout the venue. Instead of barstools or broken tables, there are plush couches and chairs that line the venue providing clear views to the stage. There are some tables that seat no more than two at a time, but provide a small, intimate setting with lamps instead of harsh overhead lighting. The Varsity sells only General Admission tickets so it is worth your while to get there early to experience the great setting. Varsity Theater tickets often sell fast for big events and the theater has a loyal patron following that scoops up tickets right after they go on sale. Buy Varsity tickets today!