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The Varsity Theater

Minneapolis , MN

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Minneapolis, MN US

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ABOUT US

Since 1986 the Loring Restaurants have brought the Twin Cities brimming life with such culturally iconic destinations as The Loring Café/Bar and Playhouse, The Loring Pasta Bar, The... Read more
Since 1986 the Loring Restaurants have brought the Twin Cities brimming life with such culturally iconic destinations as The Loring Café/Bar and Playhouse, The Loring Pasta Bar, The Varsity Theater, designed The Kitty Cat Klub and took the show on the road to The Music Hall Theater in historic Portsmouth New Hampshire, winning a prestigious A.I.A. award for Excellence in Design just last year.

Along with stunning décor concepts the Loring/Varsity continue to dazzle with the absolute best and freshest approaches to special events, weddings and corporate gatherings. NOTHING IS TRUCKED-IN: the proprietary venue approach ensures only super fresh and tasty is guaranteed.

Some other caterers spend a great deal telling you what they do but find it hard to tell you what the price tag's going to be--keeping it all vaguely in the abstract. The Loring/Varsity spends a lot making it happen, making it from the heart, and making it clear up front.

We think you'll appreciate "No Surprises". In these web pages you'll see plenty of detail and clearly spelled out pricing. We hope you'll take a little time to look it over and you'll probably notice it's a refreshingly different approach to the exciting planning you are just beginning.... Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/6/2015
3.8/5.0
This is a stunning reception venue. What I liked most is that I did not need to spend time or money on decor. Their standard linens and table decor are gorgeous. We had a live band and it felt like we were at a concert. My only complaint is that our coordinators were difficult to reach and slow to respond, but when it came to the day everything went smoothly and according to plan, with little effort on my part.
This is a stunning reception venue. What I liked most is that I did not need to spend time or money on decor. Their Read more...
This is a stunning reception venue. What I liked most is that I did not need to spend time or money on decor. Their standard linens and table decor are gorgeous. We had a live band and it felt like we were at a concert. My only complaint is that our coordinators were difficult to reach and slow to respond, but when it came to the day everything went smoothly and according to plan, with little effort on my part. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
"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!"
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!
"This was the best wedding I've ever been to, including my own." "Best wedding ever." "Amazing venue." "Wow." "This food Read more...
"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!"
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! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Diana
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
We hit the jackpot with Varsity. Sure, it's not cheap - but it was totally worth it. Jamie helped us figure out a date and went over all the fine details of the contract with us. She told us we would work more extensively with our captain in the month before the wedding. I'm very...project oriented, so I wanted answers sooner. Jamie was extremely patient and good natured and met us to go over all my questions. When we got our captain, Charisse, we finalized everything else. Charisse even put up with my parents randomly showing up to our meeting (they were early for the tasting to follow) and smoothly dealt with everyone. She and I coordinated everything over email. We were always welcome to come to Varisty to see it being prepped for a wedding or just to remind ourselves what the space was like. They were always willing to try to make what I was asking for work. Charisse even volunteered to go pick up a case of mead (weird beer request) for us. Since I was doing all the flowers, she pulled a selection of vases they had in storage (I asked for just a mix of bud/small vases with some bigger ones for the guestbook and escort tables) and lent them to me in advance so I could arrange the flowers right in there. I mean, she just made things easy! Charisse and her team handled ALL the venue set up according to what we discussed and my instructions I dropped off the night before. The food was delicious, and all the coordination was completely handled by her and her team. It all made for a very relaxed bride - we were able to just kick back and have fun at the wedding!
We hit the jackpot with Varsity. Sure, it's not cheap - but it was totally worth it. Jamie helped us figure out a date and Read more...
We hit the jackpot with Varsity. Sure, it's not cheap - but it was totally worth it. Jamie helped us figure out a date and went over all the fine details of the contract with us. She told us we would work more extensively with our captain in the month before the wedding. I'm very...project oriented, so I wanted answers sooner. Jamie was extremely patient and good natured and met us to go over all my questions. When we got our captain, Charisse, we finalized everything else. Charisse even put up with my parents randomly showing up to our meeting (they were early for the tasting to follow) and smoothly dealt with everyone. She and I coordinated everything over email. We were always welcome to come to Varisty to see it being prepped for a wedding or just to remind ourselves what the space was like. They were always willing to try to make what I was asking for work. Charisse even volunteered to go pick up a case of mead (weird beer request) for us. Since I was doing all the flowers, she pulled a selection of vases they had in storage (I asked for just a mix of bud/small vases with some bigger ones for the guestbook and escort tables) and lent them to me in advance so I could arrange the flowers right in there. I mean, she just made things easy! Charisse and her team handled ALL the venue set up according to what we discussed and my instructions I dropped off the night before. The food was delicious, and all the coordination was completely handled by her and her team. It all made for a very relaxed bride - we were able to just kick back and have fun at the wedding! Read less
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megan
Wedding:
9/26/2014
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough good things about our wedding experience at Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater. We had both our rehearsal dinner + ceremony and reception at these venues and it was so nice to know our ceremony coordinator (Kimberly) and our reception coordinator (Luci) had everything under control from the first day we met them until even after the wedding. The location of the two venues made it easy for guests to walk straight to the reception rather than dealing with parking twice. The fact that we didn't have to worry about setting up or taking down (tables, dinner, decor, etc.) was worth all the money in the world. Our entire family and friends were always in the moment, leaving the rest up to the great staff at LPB and Varsity. Thank you for making our wedding so easy and perfect! Love, M&A
We cannot say enough good things about our wedding experience at Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater. We had both our Read more...
We cannot say enough good things about our wedding experience at Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater. We had both our rehearsal dinner + ceremony and reception at these venues and it was so nice to know our ceremony coordinator (Kimberly) and our reception coordinator (Luci) had everything under control from the first day we met them until even after the wedding. The location of the two venues made it easy for guests to walk straight to the reception rather than dealing with parking twice. The fact that we didn't have to worry about setting up or taking down (tables, dinner, decor, etc.) was worth all the money in the world. Our entire family and friends were always in the moment, leaving the rest up to the great staff at LPB and Varsity. Thank you for making our wedding so easy and perfect! Love, M&A Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Aly
Wedding:
9/14/2014
5.0/5.0
We LOVED having our rehearsal dinner here. The upstairs is incredibly gorgeous, with plenty of space for a LOT of people. The food is also incredible, of course :).
We LOVED having our rehearsal dinner here. The upstairs is incredibly gorgeous, with plenty of space for a LOT of people. Read more...
We LOVED having our rehearsal dinner here. The upstairs is incredibly gorgeous, with plenty of space for a LOT of people. The food is also incredible, of course :). Read less
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Deborah
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Loring Pasta Bar was able to accomodate out small budget while making sure people had more than enough to eat. We have had so many people call and e-mail us to tell us how excellent the food was. They go above and beyond to create a beautiful layout for the Buffet while providing out of the box dinner ideas. Leave your usual wedding dry chicken/fish at home, Loring Pasta Bar delivers perfection.
Loring Pasta Bar was able to accomodate out small budget while making sure people had more than enough to eat. We have had Read more...
Loring Pasta Bar was able to accomodate out small budget while making sure people had more than enough to eat. We have had so many people call and e-mail us to tell us how excellent the food was. They go above and beyond to create a beautiful layout for the Buffet while providing out of the box dinner ideas. Leave your usual wedding dry chicken/fish at home, Loring Pasta Bar delivers perfection. Read less
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Cupcake13
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Charisse and her team did a fantastic job on the wedding. Everyone is still talking about it and I love going through the pictures. My husband even said the other day that, "we will never have venue remorse, there is no place better." I agree. The food was excellent, the decor top notch, the staff amazing and the planning was so easy. You have so many decor options you can throw away your decor budget (you don't even need flowers) and still have an amazing space. When they say, "let us throw you a party," they mean it. Everyone was so easy to work with and things ran smooth the entire night. I would do all over again in a hearbeat just for the amazing experience we and our guests had at The Varsity Theater. If you want a worry free event, The Varsity Theater is the place to go.
Charisse and her team did a fantastic job on the wedding. Everyone is still talking about it and I love going through the Read more...
Charisse and her team did a fantastic job on the wedding. Everyone is still talking about it and I love going through the pictures. My husband even said the other day that, "we will never have venue remorse, there is no place better." I agree. The food was excellent, the decor top notch, the staff amazing and the planning was so easy. You have so many decor options you can throw away your decor budget (you don't even need flowers) and still have an amazing space. When they say, "let us throw you a party," they mean it. Everyone was so easy to work with and things ran smooth the entire night. I would do all over again in a hearbeat just for the amazing experience we and our guests had at The Varsity Theater. If you want a worry free event, The Varsity Theater is the place to go. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
AMAZING! I'm so obsessed with this venue. Our wedding would not have been as fabulous and as fun as it was if we would have held it anywhere else. The staff was phenomenal. The venue and ambience was beyond words. If you are looking to have a fun/party vibe for your wedding reception I would check out the Varsity Theater!
AMAZING! I'm so obsessed with this venue. Our wedding would not have been as fabulous and as fun as it was if we would Read more...
AMAZING! I'm so obsessed with this venue. Our wedding would not have been as fabulous and as fun as it was if we would have held it anywhere else. The staff was phenomenal. The venue and ambience was beyond words. If you are looking to have a fun/party vibe for your wedding reception I would check out the Varsity Theater! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We planned our wedding from out of state and would never have been able to pull off such an awesome wedding if it weren't for the loring/varsity combo and Liz! She is amazing! From the ceremony to the reception everything was seamless...it really was perfect! Tip for future couples: they underestimate the bar bill (I've heard this from other couples) so just a heads up, you should double or triple whatever is written initially (even if it is just beer and wine). We were told during dinner that we hit their estimation for the whole night which was a shock for me but it all turned out okay. Just make sure to give yourself some budget room! That was the only shock I had all night, our wedding really was perfect! Thank you thank you Liz!

We are so grateful that we chose this venue!
We planned our wedding from out of state and would never have been able to pull off such an awesome wedding if it weren't Read more...
We planned our wedding from out of state and would never have been able to pull off such an awesome wedding if it weren't for the loring/varsity combo and Liz! She is amazing! From the ceremony to the reception everything was seamless...it really was perfect! Tip for future couples: they underestimate the bar bill (I've heard this from other couples) so just a heads up, you should double or triple whatever is written initially (even if it is just beer and wine). We were told during dinner that we hit their estimation for the whole night which was a shock for me but it all turned out okay. Just make sure to give yourself some budget room! That was the only shock I had all night, our wedding really was perfect! Thank you thank you Liz!

We are so grateful that we chose this venue! Read less
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Jenn
Wedding:
2/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Go here for your event!

Great service - so personable and urban cool... everyone here is great. The venue is OMGosh amazing and the team will decorate and set up according to your needs... then they will throw in an artistic flair that will surprise and delight your socks off.

Great lighting and sound and twinkle lights to boot :-).

Jamie, Joel, Rob, Charisse - they are the best!

Go here for your event!
Go here for your event!

Great service - so personable and urban cool... everyone here is great. The venue is Read more...
Go here for your event!

Great service - so personable and urban cool... everyone here is great. The venue is OMGosh amazing and the team will decorate and set up according to your needs... then they will throw in an artistic flair that will surprise and delight your socks off.

Great lighting and sound and twinkle lights to boot :-).

Jamie, Joel, Rob, Charisse - they are the best!

Go here for your event! Read less
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