Champaign, Illinois: Sit with Roger Ebert

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Address:
203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, IL
Directions:
Downtown. From US Hwy 150/W. Springfield Ave. turn north at the stoplight onto S. Randolph St. (At the Huntington Towers skyscraper). Drive to the fourth cross-street. Turn left onto W. Park Ave. You'll see the Virginia Theatre on the left; the statue is in front of it.
Phone:
217-356-9063
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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Roger Ebert Statue.

Sit with Roger Ebert
Famous movie reviewer Roger Ebert watched movies in the Virginia Theatre when he was young. In 2014 a life-size sculpture of Ebert, sitting in a bronze theater seat with his thumb up, was dedicated outside the theater. Empty seats allow you to sit with Roger. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [02/19/2017]

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Roger Ebert statue.

Sit with Roger Ebert

Bronze seats next to Roger Ebert are actually pretty comfy to sit in, if you can handle the looks from locals walking by.

[Don Eby, 09/01/2015]

"Looks From Locals" -- two thumbs down!

Ebert and pals.

Sit with Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert was all thumbs-up when we stopped by for a visit. He was a well-respected man and deserves to be remembered in such a nice way.

[cydav, 05/12/2015]

Sit with Roger Ebert.

Sit with Roger Ebert

Here are some photos of the new Roger Ebert statue on the sidewalk outside the Virginia Theater.

[Doug Dirr, 07/07/2014]

Thanks, now let's hear what the critics have to say: "Artful lens flares and an innate sense of comic timing really made this picture work for me. Thumbs up!"...AND... "This picture is terrible -- the casting, the lighting, the erratic thumb action. Ick. Thumbs down!"

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