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About Us

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.

Services Offered

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.


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  • 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!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 4,095.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 2,762.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

    $ 1,000.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

    $ 749.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Lighting/Sound, Linens, Set Up, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Cake Cutting, Server(s)

    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 10.00

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Historic Building

    What kind of settings are available?


    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

    What event items are available?

    Aisle Markers, Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Furniture, Lighting, Tables

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?


    What months are included in your peak season?

    May, June, July, August, September, October

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, March, April, December

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