The Varsity Theater is a banquet hall wedding venue located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Boasting a distinctive style, elegance, imaginative baroque decor, and colorful surroundings, there truly are so many appealing features about this space.
Facilities and Capacity
As soon as you step into The Varsity Theater you will be struck by the eye-catching design, the bright splashes of color, and the inviting ambiance. There are several floors available for you to utilize for your big celebration.
Overall, the venue measures 4,834 square feet in dimension, making it suitable for mingling and enjoying drinks as well as being ideal for a sit-down meal.
Entering through the lobby, guests can take a seat on leather armchairs or make their way towards the main bar. Here, they are greeted by warm stonework, sleek tiling, and rustic decor offset by modern lighting and a polished bar top. Up ahead, the main floor beckons.
In the main floor, mood lighting and a rustic plaster finish are both embellished by the candelabra chandeliers and hanging fairy lights. A dance floor is available for the wedding party to boogie the night away, while ample seating is available on either flank. At the top of the room, a stage is present - ideal for the couple of honor’s entertainment to set up.
Upstairs, a mezzanine bar area is available for everyone to gather, lounge, relax, and listen to the live entertainment. With leather chairs, bar stools, and colorful carpeting, you are made to feel right at home here.
The first floor can accommodate 600 people for a reception or 200 for a banquet-style meal (the dance floor area can easily be transformed to house round tables and comfortable chairs).
The other floor can welcome 150 for a reception and 50 for a banquet.
A beautifully designed restroom is also available to make use of - ideal for freshening up throughout the celebration.
Such is the versatility of this venue that it could accommodate either intimate or lavish wedding celebrations. Providing assistance with venue setup and arrangement, The Varsity Theater’s staff are happy to eliminate much of the stress for the happy couple. They can help you coordinate your event so that it runs smoothly and according to plan. Whether you need help setting up the lighting, preparing the sound system, and more, they can assist. What’s more, The Varsity Theater can help source your entertainment for the big day.
The Varsity Theater can help create a personalized menu that suits your tastes and preferences, ensuring that there are no unwanted surprises on your milestone day. Loring Catering provides the onsite catering, using fresh ingredients to create delicious dishes.
Recommended by 96% of couples
Sara · Married on 02/10/2017
If you want to blow your guests away and have the night of your life, this is the place to do it. My husband and I wanted to make sure that our wedding felt like a big party, and this venue was definitely the right choice for that. The food was amazing, the drinks were good, and the setup allowed us to easily have a live band which put everything over the top in the best way. Lori and Elise were great to work with, and helped make our night perfect. We have had so many guests contact us in the 3 weeks since our big day saying it was the best wedding they had ever been to! It was incredible, I cannot say enough good things about this venue!Sent on 03/07/2017
User4113379 · 2+ years ago
"This was the best wedding I've ever been to, including my own." "Best wedding ever." "Amazing venue." "Wow." "This food is incredible. Wedding food shouldn't taste this good!"Sent on 06/07/2015
These are some of the things we heard from our guests that attended our wedding ceremony and reception at the Varsity Theater, located in Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you've driven past the venue, which is a regular concert venue for indie and other unique music acts, you've seen the marquee. But on Your night, you get to see your name and wedding theme or phrase up on the marquee, which is included in the venue price!
While it is not one of the most "affordable" wedding venues in Minneapolis, you get the most bang for your buck. And what a bang! The venue is so unique looking, that you don't need to spend a lot of money (if any at all) bringing in decorations or flowers. Plus, the Varsity Theater has so many beautiful props, linens, and decorations that you can use free of charge, which is what we did. You get ten hours of free wedding planning (Joel did a fabulous job), so they can handle all of the details that you would normally need to hire a separate wedding planner for. And because it is a concert venue and they handle events year-round, they handle all of the linens, setup and take down, lighting and sound. With a live band, it becomes an experience like no other. Last but not least, the venue is owned by the Loring Pasta bar, so they will cater the entire event. We did a buffet, s'more bar, and late night snack with absolutely rave reviews. I personally have not been to a wedding with better food.
Even before the wedding, anytime that we or our guests would tell someone that we were having the wedding at the Varsity Theater, people (often time complete strangers) would rave about the time they went to a wedding there and how amazing it was. It is obvious that the Varsity Theater consistently lives up to its reviews. I know we couldn't have picked a better venue!
Kelsey · Married on 01/31/2015
The Varsity Theater was PERFECT! It was exactly what my husband and I were looking for! Fun and unique, and the staff were wonderful to work with! We keep hearing compliments about how different and beautiful the experience was from our guests!Sent on 03/02/2015